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Turkey's President Erdogan cites 'Hitler's Germany' as example of an effective form of government | Europe | News | The Independent

Turkey's President Erdogan cites 'Hitler's Germany' as example of an effective form of government | Europe | News | The Independent

Turkey's President Erdogan cites 'Hitler's Germany' as example of an effective form of government

Mr Erdogan defends push for his own position as president to be strengthened
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended his push for a presidential system of government by citing "Hitler's Germany" as an historic example.
The President has pushed ahead with efforts to increase the stature of his own position, despite fears it would split the country's seat of power in two.
Mr Erdoğan cut short a state visit to Saudi Arabia after the death of prominent pro-government political journalist Hasan Karakaya, and in a press conference on his return to Turkey was asked if he thought a presidential system would be possible while maintaining the unitary structure of the state.
According to the T24 news portal, he replied: "Yes. There is nothing to say that you can't have a presidential system in a unitary state.
"There are already some examples in the world today, and also some from the past. You see it when you look at Hitler's Germany. Later you see the example again in various other counties."
In November, Mr Erdoğan's AKP party won a decisive victory in the Turkish parliamentary elections, cementing his grip on power.
Despite his position theoretically making him above the country's party politics, he clearly played a key role in AKP's success and state broadcasters gave little airtime to any of his opponents.
He has previously suggested Turkey already operates under a de facto presidential system, and said his constitutional reforms would only "finalise" the change.
A senior Turkish official said that Mr Erdogan had meant to highlight Nazi Germany as an example of how not to implement such a system. "There are good and poor examples of presidential systems and the important thing is to put checks and balances in place," the official told The Independent. "Nazi Germany, lacking proper institutional arrangements, was obviously one of the most disgraceful examples in history. That's his point."
 

COMMENTS

56 Comments
29 minutes ago
Mark
Hitler's autobiography sells well there and in Palestine. 
60 minutes ago
zac48
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Erdogan should use Hitler as an example of something good. Erdogan 'is' a fascist.
1 hour ago
independant
Remember the symbolic humiliation of the Turkish diplomat Ahmet Oguz by Danny Ayalon on orders from hard-line Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman? Well this is just another Israeli propaganda job.
1 hour ago
joburg
erdogan the cockroach
1 hour ago
John of Gaunt
A closeted fundamentalist who is endangering the legacy that Ataturk worked so hard to achieve...
2 hours ago
SanalMuse
A lot of hot-air comments from informed biased &  bigot busy-heads!.

With the sligitest opportunity these bigots are attacking Turkey!  

First of all, Erdogan is a CIA endorsed, All-American Jewish lobbies affiliated figure head!.  In the history of the turkish Republic, he is the most corrupt 'politician'.   I will continue 


2 hours ago
journalist
It's not a surprise Erdogan's speeches. Because, he has doing nervous speeches and the Turkish community are polarized. We have important problems before 'president system' (freedom of media, human rights, detained journalist, Kurdish crises, national security) but a big mass, who support him. Using religion and nationalism are very dangerous in Middle East.
2 hours ago
Philoctetes
It shows that Erdogan is not only a religious bigot placing his obnoxious beliefs above the health of his nation, but one sadly mislead by history.
The Third Reich was possibly the most inefficient form of government in Europe in the 20th century.
Hitler used his warped concept of "Darwinian" competitiveness among his government department leaders and his government moved from one crises to another throughout its entire history. 
I don't ask that you take my word for it but read Ian Kershaw's magnificent series of histories on the subject
2 hours ago
independant
Yet another daily propaganda reminder of Nazi Germany to excuse Israeli fascism in Palestine.
1 hour ago
John of Gaunt
More like revealing  that Erdogan is a closeted fundamentalist that is destroying the legacy of President Ataturk.
2 hours ago
bird_cv
Even though you say in your very own story "A senior Turkish official said that Mr Erdogan had meant to highlight Nazi Germany as an example of how not to implement such a system".. Yet you chose to mislead people to think the opposite in the headlight. That's how vicious, despicable and biased Western journalism has become when covering Erdogan, AKP or Turkish stories. I'm so glad Turkish voters taught  Western journalist a VERY hard lesson last general elections, it must have really hurt.
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