Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Europe's relations with Turkey go from bad to worse


In response, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the Dutch as "Nazi remnants and fascists".

Tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners have been growing over the weekend after the Dutch government barred Turkey's foreign minister from flying to Rotterdam.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also warned Turkey would impose heavy sanctions if his visit were blocked. Several other European cities have banned Turkish officials from attending such meetings aimed at expats who are allowed to vote in the referendum.

Campaign staff hold a banner reading "Stay Away, This Is Our Country" as firebrand anti Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, left, protests outside the Turkish embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, against the p. On Twitter, he demanded that the Turkish ambassador be expelled and the Netherlands ambassador to Turkey be recalled.

However it said Mr Cavusoglu's threat hours earlier of political and economic sanctions if travel permission were withdrawn made the search for a reasonable solution impossible.

The Netherlands has canceled Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's flight permit and authorities intercepted a vehicle carrying Family Minister Fatma Betul Kaya.

The foreign minister has since accused the Dutch of treating Turkish citizens in Holland as "hostages".

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The government acted after an invitation to Turks to "participate in a public meeting" with Cavusoglu in Rotterdam put "public order and safety in jeopardy".

Turkey has hit back hard at the cancellations, with Erdogan angrily comparing moves by local authorities in Germany to stop the rallies to "Nazi practices".

Cavusoglu was to fly to Rotterdam on Saturday after he was barred from addressing a Turkish rally there.

They are targeting more than a million Turkish voters living in Europe who will be eligible to cast a ballot in the vote on 16 April.

"It should be noted that, in this respect, the Turkish government does not want to respect those rules".

Ibrahim Kalin said: "A huge anti-Turkey, anti-Erdogan attitude is being systematically produced and serviced to the world, especially through Germany".

Erdogan has used last year's coup as one of the reasons why he needs the new powers.

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