: Guardian: Erdoğan dismisses EU demand to change terror laws for visa-free travel

19:17 May. 6, 2016

Guardian: Erdoğan dismisses EU demand to change terror laws for visa-free travel

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during an opening ceremony in Istanbul, May 6, 2016. (AP Photo)

Combative president rejects terms for visa waiver for Turks, telling Europe: 'We are going our way and you can go yours'

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said Ankara will not alter its anti-terrorism legislation for the sake of visa-free travel to the EU for its citizens, telling European countries: "We are going our way and you can go yours."

The changing of Turkey's anti-terror legislation is a crucial condition laid down by the EU to ensure visa-free travel for citizens of Turkey to the Schengen region. Other conditions include upgrades of Turkish laws on the protection of personal data and corruption, all of which have to be finalised by the end of next month.

But, in a combative speech in Istanbul on Friday, Erdoğan lashed out at the EU, saying: "[The EU] says: ‘You will change your anti-terror laws for visas', while Turkey is under attack from all sides by terrorist organisations and those who support them."

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