War of the words: Turkish president on collision course with the EU
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POLITICS | In March 2017, the Netherlands and Turkey were involved in a diplomatic incident, triggered by Turkish efforts to hold political rallies on Dutch territory and subsequent travel restrictions placed by Dutch authorities on Turkish officials seeking to promote the campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum to Turkish citizens living in the Netherlands. Such foreign campaigning is illegal under Turkish law.
Turkish minister barred from landing
The Netherlands barred the aircraft of Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu from landing, and expelled Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policies, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from the country, when both tried to speak at rallies. In response, Turkey expelled the Dutch ambassador from the country, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Dutch “fascists” and “remnants of Nazism” and accused the Netherlands of “massacring” Muslims in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War in 1995. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Erdoğan’s remarks “unacceptable” and a “vile falsification of history” and demanded an apology. Rutte also called for talks to resolve the impasse, adding that Turkey had crossed a diplomatic line.
The Dutch–Turkish diplomatic incident worsened yet again Turkey’s relations with the EU.
Last updated on: 26 April 2020
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Zapedski Special Edition #3:
War of the Words
Limited edition art print on paper,
42 x 29,7 cm (16,5 x 11,7 inch),
1st printing, MAR/2017, 500 copies
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