Tusk says Turkey is 'detached from reality' in row with Dutch
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 15:32
Meanwhile, the Netherlands holds its own general election this Wednesday.
Despite such leverage, the latest crisis could ultimately prove to be the tipping point in Turkish European relations, "For Austria Netherlands Germany, and all the other countries are getting sick and exhausted of Turkey".
The Dutch government said it does not object to meetings in the Netherlands to give information about the Turkish referendum, "but these meetings should not add to tensions in our society and everybody who wants to organize a meeting must adhere to instructions from authorities so that public order and security can be guaranteed". "I think it will be more on diplomatic side, cancelation of visits not allowing transit flight for official Dutch planes, not commercial planes, and that of sort of thing".
Ambassador Kees Cornelis van Rij is now outside of the country, and business is being handled by Dutch charge d'affaires.
"They're both strong partners and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies". European Union spokesman Margaritis Schinas said it was essential to find ways to calm the situation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on the tough comments Monday, calling them "completely unacceptable".
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said on Monday that Berlin had not responded to 4,500 dossiers sent by Ankara on terror suspects.
"If you run the country you have to take sensible decisions". "Why are you not doing anything?"
Merkel's spokesman described the accusations as "absurd", saying the chancellor had no intention of taking part in a "competition of provocations".
Diplomatic tensions between Turkey and Western Europe erupted over the weekend after the Netherlands blocked Turkish officials from holding rallies in their country, prompting a flurry of angry rhetoric and threats of dire consequences from Ankara.
Zaken Mevlüt Çavusoglu, another Turkish cabinet minister, also was prevented from campaigning in Holland, where Wilders often criticizes the center-right government of Rutte of being too soft on radical Islam.
Hours later, Turkish Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was prevented from entering the country's diplomatic compound in Rotterdam, setting up a standoff with armed police.
The Netherlands followed suit and also revised their travel advice for Turkey, urging Dutch citizens visiting Turkey to exercise caution.
Authorities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have also recently banned campaign events for a Turkish referendum on constitutional reforms to expand presidential powers.
In a Facebook post, Mr Rutte said attempts to find a "reasonable solution" to the countries' differences had proved "impossible", and Ms Kaya's arrival in Rotterdam was "irresponsible".
Carnegie Europe scholar Marc Pierini was the European Union ambassador to Turkey for five years.
Erdoğan was "looking for "imagined" foreign enemies to boost his nationalist base in the run-up to the referendum", said Soner Cagaptay, the director of the Turkish Research Programme at the Washington Institute.
Analysts said the Turkish president was using the crisis to show voters that his strong leadership was needed against a Europe he routinely presents as hostile.