President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the religious factor is the main reason why the country for more than half a century, do not take the European Union.
"Do you know why Turkey can not join the EU already 54 years? The reason is absolutely clear: the EU - is the Christian Union ", - transmits his words to RIA" Novosti ".
According to him, the referendum 16 April, residents of Turkey "will answer the position of the European Union" as well as by means of amendments to the Constitution and the subsequent transition to a presidential form of government to accelerate the country's development.
"Turkey's economy grew by 2016 2,9% in the year, while a number of Western countries can not overcome the economic crisis", - said Erdogan, once again accusing the West of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is banned in Turkey.