EU Leaders Refuse To Congratulate Erdogan, Await OECD Report On Referendum Irregularities

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Leaders of member states of the European Union have been cautious about the results of the referendum in Turkey. As reports, no EU leader sent the traditional congratulations message to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his victory so far. They are reportedly awaiting for the independent OECD report on alleged voting irregularities, especially after Turkish opposition parties shouted foul play and fraud.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a joint statement with Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, warned that the “tight referendum result shows how deeply divided Turkish society is and that means a big responsibility for the Turkish leadership and for President Erdogan personally”.

Julia Klöckner, a leading voice in Angela Merkel’s German CDU party said the door to EU accession was “well and truly shut” and called for billions of euros in contributions to finance Turkey’s bid to stop.

Elmar Brok, the German head of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said the result did not legitimise a complete overhaul of the state.

Austria‘s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said the result was a “clear signal against the European Union”. The “fiction” of Turkey’s bid to join the bloc must be ended, he said.

The European Commission urged Turkey to seek “the broadest possible consensus” in implementing changes. It pointed to “alleged irregularities” in the vote and said it was awaiting the assessment of international observers.

European Commission statement issued April 16, 2017

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn issued the following statement today:


“We take note of the reported results of the referendum in Turkey on the amendments to the Constitution, adopted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 21 January 2017.


We are awaiting the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR International Observation Mission, also with regard to alleged irregularities.


The constitutional amendments, and especially their practical implementation, will be assessed in light of Turkey’s obligations as a European Union candidate country and as a member of the Council of Europe.


We encourage Turkey to address the Council of Europe’s concerns and recommendations, including with regards to the State of Emergency. In view of the close referendum result and the far-reaching implications of the constitutional amendments, we also call on the Turkish authorities to seek the broadest possible national consensus in their implementation.”

Greece that became also Erdogan’s target during the campaign keeps a stand-by attitude. Government sources said that Athens “supports stability and democracy in Turkey”. the sources added that the Greek government follows with great attention and interest the developments in the neighboring country and the referendum results.

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Looney's picture


Erdogan is an asshole. Now, with THAT out of the way…

Why are we bitching about Turkey’s referendum? Why are we so upset about Turkey becoming an "authoritarian system" and President Erdogan getting "unchecked powers"?

Here are some changes the Turks have voted for:

1. President becomes the Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief.

2. There will be no Prime Minister.

3. President will appoint all cabinet members and can junk them at will.

4. President will appoint all judges.

Isn’t it exactly how OUR executive branch works?   ;-)


JRobby's picture

One of the components to the run up to WW III

All going as planned so far...........................

MalteseFalcon's picture

"EU Leaders Refuse To Congratulate Erdogan"

I would like to issue a heart-felt congratulations to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his victory.

It's no skin off my nose and I may be in Turkey some day.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Sounds a little like the powers grabbed by Hitler through the Enabling Act of 1933, doesn't it???

Looney's picture


Not to argue witcha, but the Enabling Act was enacted through the parliamentary intrigues and political bribes, and NOT through a referendum.

But you made a good point.   ;-)


GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Agreed on the differences.  That's why I said "a little."  haha

wren's picture

Does the definition of voter fraud include jailing or killing anyone who opposes him?

Are we supposed to believe that the people voted away their freedom to create their own dictator? Oh wait, I wasn't thinking, people really are that stupid...

LetThemEatRand's picture

“Everybody knows exactly what happened, so, and what I do is I authorize my military."  -DJT, last week.


Déjà view's picture

Erdo...2m refugees in need of Euro P on R & R...perps await...

coltek's picture



You were not supposed to notice that looney!



NordikAvenger's picture

Actually it's worse than that.

The president appoints the cabinet and the positions are filled with no oversight/approval from Parliament.

Similarly, the President appoints the majority of the judges without parliamentary oversight.

America still puts on the veneer of a system with checks and balances because cabinet and judges are still subject to congressional approval.  But soon, that will come to an end too and many Americans, just like the slim majority of Turks yesterday, will welcome that because they f'ing STUPID and do not understand history or the human condition.

Yen Cross's picture

  What he said^^^^

NoDebt's picture

Watching this guy Erdogan roll back every advance Turkey has made towards joining western society since Ataturk has been a hoot.


Kayman's picture

Herr Erdogan:

   It is embarrassing for the European Community to watch you dismantle all pretense of Western accommodation. However we will gladly accede to your every need so long as you send us your blueprint on how to control the little people.

Thank you.

The European Elite.

Pandelis's picture

erdogan will attack europe soon ..."the history book on the shelves just keeps repeating itself" ... there is a script to follow

greeks will not escape their next "war"

OliverAnd's picture

The Turks have already attacked Europe.  You had the war in Yugoslavia where Turkish descendants acquired lands that did not ever belong to them. They have claimed almost 1/2 of Cyprus in 1974 as well.  They have changed the names of Greek cities and towns in the past 90 years to hide their occupation.  They have killed millions of Armenians and Greeks.  Pandeli there was really no peace to begin with and as such the war has not stopped.  

NordikAvenger's picture

You're right about the Armenians.  They were f'ed over hard.  Genocide, pure and simple, and one day the country will have to reckon with what they did in the same way the Germans came to terms with it (of course, by dint of being the loser of a world war).  The Japanese, by the way, continue to deny they did anything wrong in WWII and they are similarly convinced of their awesomeness.

State sponsored Turkish nationalism is particularly aggresive and unfortunate.  The Turks, however, are not singular in their particular brand of chauvinism on the nationalist front.  Greeks are similarly "robust" in their sense of superiority...the list goes on (including the Japanese).

On that note: Greeks and Turks slaughtered each other with great zest, especially after WWI - in all likelihood, for every 2 Greeks slaughtered displaced there was 1 Turk slaughtered/displaced from the period of 1919-1922.

But your recounting of Yugoslavia has no basis in fact.  If you are suggesting that the only Muslims in the former Yugoslavia were descendents of Turks is disengenuous and flat out wrong.  Most Muslims of the regions were *converts* to the religion.  They are ethnicially slavic/serbian/whatever, just like the catholics and the orthodox.  

If by further inferencing from your argument it sounds like you think that *any* so-called "descendent of the Turks" in the Balkans (with the above considerations in mind) do not belong there and should leave the region (despite living there for 500 + years) and go back to where they came from.   By this logic of yours, you support the expelling of Palestinians from Palestine by the Israeli occupiers, and the Westernized "conquererors" of the New World should pack-up and leave the place and return it to the natives.

Talk like yours and of your ilk promote hate and bigotry.  You probably actually get-off on the thought of your superiority.  Pathetic.


Pasadena Phil's picture

What a great idea it was to accept Turkey into NATO in the first place. Where are all the "I told you so!" reminders? It's not like no one foresaw this. Geez, an Islamic EU being led by a beligerent Islamic tyrant. Good job EU! Isn't multicultaralism wonderful. Everyone, together, "Kumbaya......."

silverer's picture

It was also a great idea to accept France. That's where those extra ballots came from. lol

NordikAvenger's picture

This comment clearly indicates you do not understand history.  Turkey has been usurped by the same way Germany was usurped by Nazi's and fascists.  The republic that was Turkey in the 50's was strongly secular and very Western leaning, if however poor.  The secularists, however, dropped the ball and oppressed the "backward" religious masses of inner Anatolia.

But that is the same story all over the middle-east -- despotism and repression brought the hard religious right into power.

sidfalco's picture

Turkey will invade Greece or Bulgaria. It has millions of jihadi mobots all across Europe. This summer could  be the Tet Offensive 2.


tuetenueggel's picture

They´d better fire him out of NATO instaed of kising his ass and balls.

When he´ll buy S-400 from Putin, he´ll be lost for NATO anway. Putin won´t sell S-500

to him, because he cannot trust any muslim as nobody can. They´re all unreliable dionkey-turds.

AntiLeMaire's picture

In all EU countries the mandated majority required for any constitutional changes is much higher than a simple majority (x >> 51%).
It is either 2/3 (67%) or even 3/4 (75%) or something similar.
So they are quite unlikely to accept this outcome anyways.

Certainly now that there are soo many reports of 'irregularities', changes after voting to the procedure (including votes that should have been excluded) and clear examples of fraud.

And of course there was no possibility for the opposition to campaign for a No vote. Any rally that campaigned for No, and even handing out leaflets that said no, while wearing NO T-shirts, was prohibited.
So the OCSE monitors can't report that this was an OK 'election'.

[it must be OCSE not OECD]

BarkingCat's picture

In Washington State there was a law that required 2/3 vote to raise taxes. The democrats could not get over that threshold.

So they voted to repeal the law. They only needed a simple majority to do that.

Funny that democrat leaning state supreme court did not see a problem with it.

numapepi's picture

Simply giving formerly enslaved people the vote is no guarantee of liberty, in fact, quite the opposite. A fool will vote for his own enslavement every time. The answer then is to train people in third world countries not to be fools. To that end, the free enterprise system, true capitalism, is the only means that has ever worked.

To get third world people off the treadmill of tyranny... Capitalism must come before democracy.

Kayman's picture

"Capitalism must come before democracy."

So from that logic, the Greeks never developed democracy.

NordikAvenger's picture

How does someone actually downvote logical inferencing?  This place has become retardistan

OliverAnd's picture

It is capitalism in conjunction with greed that has enslaved people and not democracy.  The reason to why there are so many tyrants ruling in southern nations has to do with greed and capitalism where their symbol money is controlled by the very very few as the rest are enslaved to support their greed. That said you cannot expect people to understand democracy immediately after a long authoritarian rule; its similar to keeping a bird caged up for many years and all of a sudden releasing it.  The democratic learning curve requires time but once achieved people tend to cherish it and do there best to avoid authoritarian rule; it is capitalism in conjunction with greed that opposes democracy in its purest form.     

silverer's picture

I'll do it.
Congratulations, Erdogan. Everyone loves a winner!

Rocco May's picture

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Erdogan wants to get rid of the Communists and this is good!

silverer's picture

Joking aside, the guy is a mixed bag. Trying to predict what he's going to do is like calling a horse race. Some good, some bad. Maybe part of his game is purposely being unpredictable in certain cases. You've heard "keep 'em laughing". His mantra is "keep 'em guessing".

AntiLeMaire's picture

And yep, OCSE doesn't like it.


BBC News: Turkey referendum: Campaign on Erdogan powers 'unequal'

"Turkey's referendum process was held on an "unlevel playing field", with campaigning restrictions and late procedural changes, monitors say.

Opposition events were obstructed and state resources misused, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said."

AFP (via Business Standard): Turkish referendum was 'unlevel playing field': monitors

"Turkey's referendum campaign was conducted on an "unlevel playing field" and the vote count itself was marred by late procedural changes, international observers said today.

"The referendum took place on an unlevel playing field and the two sides of the campaign did not have equal opportunities," said Cezar Florin Preda of the joint mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). "

Deutsche Well: OSCE: Turkey referendum 'contested on an unlevel playing field'

"Election observers in Turkey have said that the Turkish referendum fell short of international standards, arguing that the two sides in the campaign did not have equal opportunities to get their messages across."


BarkingCat's picture

So like a lite version of how the democrats do it in the US.

AntiLeMaire's picture

LOL, yeah: qua media coverage. But it's a bit worse in TR than in US.

In US a way too large part of the media is biassed against the GOP (who hold the majority ...). There is just one GOP friendly (major) TV network.

In TR I think it's a bit worse than that. AFAIK there is no opposition TV network left. Not even a neutral one I think (as even CNN Turk is not really neutral anymore).


AntiLeMaire's picture
International observers conclude Turkish referendum "contradicted law"
The country's main opposition party has vowed to contest the referendum result

A delegation of international observers has concluded that Sunday’s referendum in Turkey “fell short of international standards.”

According to the Associated Press, the international observer mission has accused the country’s electoral board of removing important safeguards against fraud and warned that a last minute decision to accept unstamped ballots “contradicted the law that explicitly states that such ballots should be considered invalid."

The report from the ODIHR limited election observation mission found that the landmark referendum – which awarded sweeping new powers to the country’s president – was not fought on a level playing field, with fundamental freedoms curtailed.

(Twitter) OSCE @OSCE [original at: ]
Unlevel playing field in Turkey's constitutional referendum: preliminary conclusions by international observers

It found that freedom of expression was limited throughout the campaign – with government funds used to promote a ‘Yes’ vote.

“The referendum took place in a political environment in which fundamental freedoms essential to a genuinely democratic process were curtailed under the state of emergency, and the two sides did not have equal opportunities to make their case to the voters,” said Tana de Zulueta, head of the observer mission.

“Our monitoring showed the ‘Yes’ campaign dominated the media coverage and this, along with restrictions on the media, the arrests of journalists and the closure of media outlets, reduced voters’ access to a plurality of views."

MPJones's picture

Congratulating a megalomaniac on his ascent to dictatorship would be utterly absurd. Congratulations are most cvertainly not appropriate!

A solid fence and a boycott of Turkey as a tourist destination are.

Fireman's picture

Adolf Erdoggone...the kind of two bit fascist punk Europeon pedophiles in Natostan sewer Brussels can only dream about being.

loveyajimbo's picture

Yes, it is strange that so many citizens (sheep) would vote for a well-known insane fascist scumbag criminal pigfart to become Dictator over them...

But look how many of OUR sheep voted for the well-known insane fascist scumbag criminal pigfart: HILLARY!

Rocco May's picture

...and how many German sheep will vote for Merkel again- Sept.,2017

Rikky's picture

In the Last Days before the great and dreadful 2nd coming of The Lord Jesus Christ as a Lion this time, there will be several wars the precede it.  One is the Ezekiel 37 war where Russia, Iran, Turkey and a few smaller players will attack Israel.  It's all lining up as expected.


OliverAnd's picture

Its not Turkey anymore, it's ERDOGANISTAN!!! LOL!!!