Turkey threatens Europe with '15000 refugees a month'

Cheryl Sanders
March 19, 2017

He infuriated Germany and the Netherlands by describing bans on planned rallies by Turkish ministers as "fascist".

"Hey Rutte! You may have emerged as the No. 1 party in the election but you must know that you have lost Turkey as your friend", he said.

On Saturday, Dutch authorities blocked Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya from holding events in Rotterdam. On Monday, Ankara sent the Netherlands two diplomatic notes, criticizing Cavusoglu's treatment, while the Dutch authorities demanded an apology for comparing the Dutch to Nazis.

The Turkish leader has unleashed scathing rhetoric toward European nations — especially the Netherlands — after Turkish ministers were prevented from carrying out campaign meetings there.

He warned of the far-reaching consequences of Ankara building relations with EU countries "on the basis of the agenda proposed by the far-right forces", which he said damages "both the European Union and our partners in the EU".

Meanwhile, Oktay Aksoy told Sputnik that Turkey was very much concerned about the latest developments in the Netherlands given that "on the one hand, the Netherlands remains Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and on the other - Amsterdam has repeatedly supported Turkey within the framework of its relations with the European Union".

Analysts said he wants to be seen as standing up to Europe so he can sweep up nationalist votes ahead of the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes.

Senior German officials cast doubt on Saturday on Turkey's chances of joining the European Union, amid growing tensions with Ankara over human rights and Turkey's claim that it's being treated unfairly by countries in western Europe. The arrest of a Turkish-German journalist in Ankara has also caused upset.

On Friday, Turkish President Recip Tayyib Erdogan told Turkish immigrants in Europe to have five kids instead of three and state-aligned newspaper Sun depicted German chancellor Angela Merkel as Adolf Hitler.

Some 2.5 million Turkish citizens resident in Europe are eligible to vote in elections in their homeland. "Erdogan is clearly on the wrong path and he's harming Turkish interests".

"Rex Tillerson has said that he would like to come to Turkey on March 30", Cavusoglu said in an interview with broadcaster Haberturk.

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