Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks as he inaugurates the Diyanet Islamic Cultural Center in Lanham, Maryland on April 2, 2016. / AFP / Olivier Douliery
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at the West for giving Turkey "lessons in democracy," amid mounting U.S. and EU criticism over an alleged clampdown on press freedoms under his rule.In a telephone conversation earlier, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he was unhappy about the raft of stories criticizing Erdogan in German media in recent weeks.German weekly Der Spiegel ran a cover story deeply critical of Erdogan in its latest issue, with a caricature of the Turkish president – whom the magazine called "the wild man of the Bosphorus" – shaking his fist.
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