Erdoğan accuses Europe of longing for a ‘Turkish spring’

Europe is indebted to Turkey for hosting four million refugees but some European countries are longing for uprisings in Turkey similar to the Arab Spring, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday, Euronews reported

"If European countries are living in peace today, it is thanks to Turkey for hosting four million refugees,"Erdoğan said at an event on innovation in Istanbul.

The Turkish president said Turkey did not receive sufficient support from European countries for its efforts to make Syria a safe country again. 

They [European countries] still have a longing for the Turkish spring,” Erdoğan said referring to the Arab Spring, a wave of pro-democracy protests and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa that began in 2011. 

Erdoğan said that those who longed for uprisings in Turkey first should look at the rotten ground they are standing. “The European cities are on fire,” he said, referring to yellow vest riots in France according to Euronews. “You’ll burn even more,” he added.