This file photo taken on July 08, 2017 shows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a final press conference on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg. AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-Western rhetoric Tuesday ahead of a meeting between his foreign minister and top European Union officials, saying the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over.Human rights activists urged the EU to use the meeting to press Ankara to release rights workers who have been detained as part of Turkey's crackdown on the opposition in the aftermath of last year's failed coup.Turkey applied to join the EU three decades ago, and they started negotiating in 2005 .Last week, the German government increased pressure on Turkey after the jailing of a human rights activist, telling all citizens traveling there to exercise caution and threatening to withhold backing for German investments in Turkey.
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