Erdogan rallies against Netherlands-Germany and appeals to Α ECtHR

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At stake is Euro-Turkish relations with Recep Tayyip Erdogan again threatening the Netherlands with sanctions while accusing Germany of "ruthlessly" supporting terrorism. Having made "candy" about the "Nazis" due to the Dutch ban on fiestas in the presence of his ministers, the Turkish president even announces that he will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights…

"Shame on you," he said at the same time to Angela Merkel for her support for The Hague - although the German federal government itself has not formally banned Turkish politicians from attending the April 16 referendum on strengthening Erdogan. by transforming Turkey's political system into a presidential one.

Germany does not ban Turkish politicians
In a televised address on Monday night, the Turkish president said he would hold the Netherlands accountable and impose "any diplomatic sanctions" on it.

He announced that he would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the Dutch ban on Turkish ministers appearing at rallies in its territory in view of the referendum.

"Shame on you," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after she offered her support to The Hague in the controversy. He accused Germany of "ruthlessly" supporting terrorism and reiterated claims that Deniz Yucel, the jailed correspondent for Die Welt in Turkey, was a "terrorist and agent".

"The German chancellor is on the side of the Netherlands. Shame on you. This means that you also carry the same minds, "he said, referring to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte:" I am not the boss. The boss in my country is the people. "You still do not know what democracy means."

Speaking earlier in front of businessmen in Berlin, Angela Merkel sided with The Hague following Erdogan's reports on the Netherlands - a "Nazi remnant" following similar allegations against Germany.

"Germany categorically rejects the rhetoric and any other comparisons with National Socialism as made by the Turkish president," Merkel said, adding that she had already condemned the Nazi comparisons he had made against Germany last week.

"This rejection also applies to our allies, such as the Dutch. These comparisons are completely misplaced. They belittle the suffering [of the victims]. Especially in the Netherlands, which has suffered so much because of National Socialism, it is categorically unacceptable. That is why the Netherlands can count on my full support and solidarity in this matter. "

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already argued that those who vote "no" in the referendum are on the side of terrorists. He has also accused EU member states, such as Germany, of offering refuge to terrorists. The pro-government Akram newspaper headlined "Nazi dogs" today…

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has demanded that Ankara apologize; the Turkish government has insisted that The Hague apologize. In the midst of the diplomatic crisis, the Dutch Foreign Ministry issued a travel directive urging Dutch citizens in Turkey to be vigilant and avoid rallies and crowded places.

An estimated 400.000 Turks live in the Netherlands.

Dutch investment in Turkey amounts to $ 22 billion a year, which means that the Netherlands is the largest source of Foreign Direct Investment with 16% of the total. Turkish exports to the Netherlands reached $ 3,6 billion in 2016, which means that the country is the tenth most important destination for Turkish goods, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. For its part, Turkey imported $ 3 billion worth of Dutch goods in 2016.

The Dutch contribution to the revenues of the Turkish tourism industry is significant, despite the reduction in traffic due to fears caused by the attacks of the Islamic State and Kurdish separatists. About 900.000 Dutch people visited Turkey last year, up from 1,2 million a year earlier.

Source: philenews