Jul 03 2018

European plunder of Africa must change – Erdoğan adviser

European countries plundered Africa during colonial times and have given nothing in return, said Ilnur Çevik, chief adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Europe must change course or darker days await its people as migrants flood across the Mediterranean, Çevik said in a column for the Daily Sabah newspaper.

“Europe has to put back what it stole from Africa. Yet, no one intends to do this and because of that, they have even harder days ahead of them.

“The Europeans have robbed Africa to the bone and have not given anything back,” Çevik said. “Now those people (Africans) are saying "because you took away the riches from our homeland, now we will come there and share the wealth and welfare with you."”

Instead, Europeans are taking the easy way out, signified by the rise of right-wing groups and attitudes in countries such as Austria and the Netherlands.

At the same time, Turkey has saved Europe from a massive disaster by agreeing a deal to keep refugees in the country. Turkish efforts, however, haven’t been appreciated, Çevik said.

“The sensible conservative parties have also chosen the easy way to go along with the radicals instead of standing up and telling the people the naked truth,” he said. “The anti-Turkish propaganda in Western Europe, especially in the past few years, has been disgusting.”