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EU Risks Being Overtaken by Racism, Turkish Negotiator Says

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Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union is at risk of being “overtaken by a racist mentality” against Turks that “emulates the fascist methods of the 1930s,” said Turkey’s chief negotiator with the bloc, Egemen Bagis.

“Turkish people, implicitly or openly, are being told this: ‘You are different and you have no place among us,’” Bagis said today in an e-mailed statement of his remarks in Poland at the commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust at the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Turkey’s accession to the EU would be “a historical milestone for world peace,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Ankara at bharvey11@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.

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