Diplomatic tension between Turkey and the Netherlands intensified on Sunday, when Turkey's President accused NATO ally of fascism, and declared that the Dutch "paying" for causing harm to the relationship.
Danish Prime Minister did not remain in debt, stating that he was unable to make a scheduled visit to Turkey in light of "the current rhetorical attack" against the Dutch.
The upcoming vote in Turkey and the Netherlands serve as the background for the dispute: in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which since the beginning of the July revolution dealt with the opposition, especially journalists, researchers and the public sector. The April referendum expanding his powers. In the Netherlands General elections this week will be tough candidates against Islam in a tough fight with the current Prime Minister. Erdogan seeks to rally approximately 4.6 million Turkish expatriates living in Western Europe, many of whom will be allowed to vote in a Turkish referendum.
Following similar actions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the Netherlands on Saturday banned entry into the country of the aircraft with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, citing security concerns. Cavusoglu has sought to appeal to immigrants to support the Turkish referendum. The Netherlands also banned the Minister of family Affairs of Turkey to enter the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam.
In both countries there have been protests, and Erdogan said that the Netherlands are "the victims of Turkish-Dutch relations" and accused the country, which has lost more than 200 thousand of its citizens during the second world war occupation of Germany. Rotterdam, where Cavusoglu hoped to be, particularly hard hit by the Nazis. Next month, the Turkish voters will vote on a constitutional referendum that could change the structure of the government. If it is adopted, it will transform the parliamentary system into a presidential efficiently by combining the power of three legislative one, the Executive branch of government under Erdogan.
Critics call the movement anti-democratic and say it is evidence of Erdogan's drift toward authoritarian rule after the coup attempt, which occurred 8 months ago. Erdogan and his Party of justice and development, or AKP, said that those opposed to this stand with the coup plotters and terrorists. Cavusoglu promised a ten-fold retaliation against the Netherlands, while Erdogan has compared the country with a "banana Republic" and called for sanctions, according to the state Anadolu news Agency..
A Turkish diplomatic source told Anadolu that the Dutch diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul were closed due to security concerns. Meanwhile, as reported, the foreign Ministry of Turkey Ambassador of the Netherlands, which is currently in vacation is better "not to return for some time."
The Netherlands is not the first nation, which Erdogan has accused of Nazism. Germany also became a target for Nazi comparisons Erdogan after the Turkish cancellation of rallies on their land this month. According to Anadolu, the referendum can involve about 1.5 million Turkish citizens living in Germany. "I thought that Nazism ended, but I was wrong," Erdogan said at the ceremony of international award "Goodness" in Istanbul on Sunday. "What we have seen over the last couple of days in Germany and the Netherlands, is a reflection of Islamophobia". Turkey is an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims. Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a sharp rebuke, saying that such comparisons only serve to diminish Nazi crimes.
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