Erdogan ‘to campaign in a European city’ for Turkey’s June elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expecting to hold a campaign rally in a European city next month ahead of June elections despite a ban by some Western countries on Turkish politicians campaigning abroad. The first meeting could be held in a closed sports hall in a European country, the president said on Tuesday in a speech to members of his ruling AK party. “All preparations are complete,” he added, according to Reuters. Erdogan has called snap parliamentary and presidential elections for June 24. Turkey will switch to a new executive presidency system that was narrowly approved by a referendum last year. After Erdogan announced the elections last week, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the president would be barred from “trying to exploit” Europe’s Turkish communities.