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Turkish officials reacted angrily to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement commissionner Johannes Hahn, who jointly stated on 14 December that “police raids and arrests of a number of journalists and media representatives in Turkey” the same day run “against the European values and standards Turkey aspires to be part of”.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that “The EU should mind its own business and keep its own opinions to itself,” adding that the raids did not infringe press freedom.

According to Cumhuriyet, Mogherini was “very surprised”, as —

Erdoğan’s reaction came just a week after she visited Turkey for “very constructive” talks with him and both sides had understood there was a “chance for a new start” with a new Commission in Brussels and a new government in Ankara.