Erdogan warns Europeans "will not walk safely" if current attitude persists

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan smiles, during a meeting with local media representatives, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tensions between Turkey and Europe have boiled in recent weeks, but acrimony over Turkey's belief that some European countries are harboring suspected terrorists has festered for years.

Erdogan, speaking at a forestry event in Ankara, said he would retaliate in kind.

Germany, meanwhile, has said Ankara's crackdown on the opposition and civil society following the failed coup goes too far, and has bristled at Turkey's repeated accusation that modern Germany is acting like the Nazis did.

"These developments are being watched in all corners of the world", he said.

"If you continue to behave like this, tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully", Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara.

Erdogan did not elaborate. Sirakaya was not available for immediate comment but an UETD spokeswoman confirmed the quote as reported by the magazine.

"Credible signals to ease tensions are welcome", said Steinmeier.

After explicitly saying such campaign appearances were not welcome, The Netherlands simply refused to allow Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's plane landing rights and expelled another envoy who had travelled in by road.

In Turkey, an official with Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party said it would still carry out some "referendum propaganda activities" in Europe this week, but would focus its efforts domestically within Turkey beginning next week.

"The way we look (at Turkey) is characterised by worry, that everything that has been built up over years and decades is collapsing", Steinmeier said in his inaugural speech in the largely ceremonial role.

"They can not threaten us with any of these things anymore", he said.

"Our judiciary is independent, the decision will be given by the judiciary", Erdogan said he told the German leader.

Steinmeier, formerly Berlin's foreign minister, said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey also risked damaging diplomatic ties by accusing Germany of using Nazi tactics to bar Turkish politicians from campaigning among German Turks for a referendum next month. Erdogan has accused the two countries of Nazism and fascism. "President Erdogan's comments about Germany and the Netherlands are not allowed".

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"Who would really benefit from it if we paid back in kind, if we answered using the same language as the Turkish president", said the ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer.

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