Turkey calls Austria 'racist'

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By Natalie Huet
Turkey calls Austria 'racist'

<p>The war of words between Austria’s Foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu has escalated – or, rather descended into ugly name-calling.</p> <p>After Austria suggested Turkey was heading towards “dictatorship,” and <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/04/turkey-criticises-comments-by-austria-s-chancellor-on-ending-eu-talks-with">EU membership talks should end</a> as a result, Ankara hit back on Friday (August 5).</p> <p>Speaking on national television, Cavusoglu said: “The Austrian chancellor should first take a look at his own country. One of the trends that is an enemy of human rights and values is racism, and today, Austria is the capital of radical racism.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Accession brawl: Turkey calls Austria ‘capital of radical racism,’ Vienna tells Ankara ‘do homework’ <a href="https://t.co/w8YHA0mKDL">https://t.co/w8YHA0mKDL</a></p>— RT (@RT_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/761583223554048001">August 5, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>On Twitter, the Austrian foreign minister urged his counterpart to “show restraint,” and called on Turkey to “moderate its choice of words and its course of action at home.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Mahne d türk. Außenminister zur Zurückhaltung & weise seine Kritik scharf zurück. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/T%C3%BCrkei?src=hash">#Türkei</a> muss sich in Wortwahl & Vorgehen im Land mäßigen!</p>— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) <a href="https://twitter.com/sebastiankurz/status/761494435247058945">August 5, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Amid the tension, <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/fears-mount-that-eu-turkey-deal-on-migrants-could-collapse/story-xrgiSIm6wsuXz2e7HbgLcK.html">fears are mounting in the EU</a> that the deal struck with Turkey to stop illegal migration via its shores could collapse.</p> <p>Ankara has complained Europe is not living up to its side of the pact, which promised cash, visa-free travel and speedier talks on EU membership.</p>