“Merkel ignores those in Turkey who share European values and principles. Instead, Erdogan is exporting his Turkish principles to Europe and sending journalists to court, now German journalists too. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad,” Dundar said.
He added that half of the population in Turkey disagreed with Erdogan, but the German leader just didn’t listen to those who advocate freedom, human rights, secularism and democracy during her visits to the country.
Dundar added, however that he was fully aware of Angela Merkel’s predicament in view of the current migrant crisis, which the EU is trying to handle with Turkey’s help.
“That’s why she [Angela Merkel] is looking for ways to communicate with him [Recep Tayyip Erdogan]. She has been forced to deal with a despotic leader of a country with which she has no common denominator,” Dundar emphasized.
Can Dundar urged the German Chancellor to meet him to talk about “things her government is missing on, about the deal, about refugees and the state of our media,” he added.
There has been no immediate word about the outcome of Sunday’s meeting.