Dutch Row Worsens Europe’s Turkey Tensions

March 17, 2017

After Turkish foreign minister was barred from the Netherlands, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls Dutch “Nazi remnants and fascists.”



Turkey’s relations with the EU are going from bad to worse, following a diplomatic tussle with the Netherlands this weekend that has led to recriminations and public protests.


Dutch authorities on Saturday barred Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu from landing in Rotterdam after a political rally at which he was slated to appear was canceled.


After Saturday’s diplomatic incident Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said: “Nazism is still widespread in the West.”


Speaking at an awards ceremony in Istanbul on Sunday, Erdogan said: “I thought Nazism was dead but I was wrong … the West has shown its true face.”


Commenting on the Netherland’s decision to prohibit his foreign minister’s plane from landing the president said: “If you can sacrifice Turkish-Dutch relations for an election on Wednesday, you will pay the price.”


Austria, Germany and the Netherlands have voiced displeasure that the Turkish referendum — over constitutional amendments designed to consolidate Erdoğan’s already formidable powers — was being debated within their borders.


Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım issued a statement on Sunday that the country would “retaliate” against the Netherlands. “This situation has been protested in the strongest manner by our side, and it has been conveyed to Dutch authorities that there will be retaliation in the harshest ways … we will respond in kind to this unacceptable behaviour,” Reuters quoted him as saying.


Twelve people were arrested Sunday morning during a protest outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam related to the Dutch decision to keep Turkey’s ministers from campaigning in the country.


Read more from the source article published by POLITICO  Mar. 11 2017

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