Why Turkey’s President accuses Europe of fascism


Elections to blame

“They will pay, and learn the meaning of diplomacy. We will teach them international diplomacy,” he threatened President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authorities of the Netherlands during a speech at a rally in Istanbul Sunday, 12 March (quoted by Reuters). A day earlier, the President of Turkey spoke even more harshly: “they are All last-Nazi, fascists <…> Push as much as you want, raise, and feed terrorists in their country. All of this eventually will hit you” (quoted by TASS). So Erdogan responded to the refusal of the Netherlands authorities to allow the land in the country of the plane of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu. The Minister was going to March 11, to speak before the representatives of the Turkish community in Rotterdam to talk about the upcoming April 16, in Turkey a referendum.

About the undesirability of campaign events in the Netherlands, Prime Minister mark Rutte said in early March: “Our country is not a place for electoral meetings in other States. We will not participate in this.”

March 9, Minister of foreign Affairs Bert Koenders reiterated that it considered the visit Chavooshi untimely and that the foreign Ministry would not support it. Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Muttalib said that the meeting Cavusoglu threatens the security. The security considerations referred to and other representatives of the Dutch authorities, including Prime Minister mark Rutte, explaining the failure of the Turkish politicians to hold rallies. “Such meetings can lead to increased tension in society,” said Rutte. He also referred to the fact that the organisers of public gatherings must adhere to the rules. But Cavusoglu insisted that the plans are not going to change.

Despite eight phone calls, Rutte and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim, the failed on Saturday to find an acceptable solution. The plane Cavusoglu did not give permission to land. Instead to Rotterdam from Germany, but on the car on Saturday drove the Minister for family and social policies of Turkey Fatma Betul saillant Kaya. The police forbade her to speak, blocked the entrance to the Consulate of Turkey in Rotterdam. Later that same day, the Minister was declared an “undesirable alien” and, accompanied by the Dutch police went back to Germany.

Supporters of the Turkish authorities as a sign of protest began to throw the police with stones and bottles. Sunday in Istanbul was held a counter protest, which are dissatisfied with actions of the authorities of the Netherlands broke the country’s flag and replaced it with Turkish.

Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim said that the Netherlands “will pay” for their decisions. The representatives of Turkey said that the Ambassador of the Netherlands “may not return” to Ankara from vacation. Prime Minister Rutte expressed his willingness to decrease tensions with Turkey. However, according to him, if the Turks “will go to the escalation, we will have to do the same.” Prime Minister of the Netherlands also expressed the desire as soon as possible to meet with Yildirim. Turkey is one of the leading economic partners of the Kingdom.

The referendum of discord

In a referendum on 16 April in Turkey made amendments to the Constitution, implying a transition from a parliamentary to a presidential form of government, reinforcing the powers of Parliament. On the eve of the voting day members of the Turkish government and the ruling Party of justice and development has already held several events in the European Union countries, which are home to numerous Turkish Diaspora. Campaign events abroad — a common practice of the Turkish politicians. Outside the country is a home to 5.5 million Turks in Germany vote may be 1.4 million Turkish voters, leading figures of the BBC.

In Turkey and in the Netherlands now comes the election campaign, so the crisis both parties are interested: the Turks are trying to unite the country in the face of an external enemy, the European authorities want to seize the right of discourse, explains the intensity of the events researcher, Institute of Oriental studies Ilshat Saitov. “Escalation, of course, is from Ankara, but the Dutch are the play up,” — said the expert. Parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on March 15, the main rival party of Prime Minister Rutte is anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant freedom Party Geert Wilders.

Who else is a “fascist”

Sunday, March 12, Denmark also announced about the undesirability of meetings with Turkish politicians. The Prime Minister of Denmark Lars løkke Rasmussen wrote on Twitter that suggested that the Prime Minister of Turkey to put off his visit to Copenhagen. Its position Rasmussen explained solidarity with the Netherlands. Negotiations of Prime Ministers was held in March. “Given the characteristics given Ankara’s Western democracies, the meeting will mean that Denmark belongs to the actions of Turkey are softer than really is,” wrote Rasmussen.

According to Bloomberg, in the last days, for various reasons, were cancelled four meetings of Turkish politicians with potential voters in Austria and one in Switzerland. Swiss police cited “significant security risk”. Had cancelled some meetings of Turkish politicians in Germany, where the largest Turkish community that have also provoked a sharp reaction from Ankara. A week ago, President Erdogan compared the actions of Germany with the “practices of the Nazis”, “We thought that Germany have gone far on the path of building a legal society, but we were wrong” (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).

Not all EU countries followed the example of Germany and the Netherlands. Sunday, March 12, Chavooshi able to play in Metz in France, where it is also called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism.”

Police in the Swedish capital of Stockholm will receive additional outfits to ensure security and order during the scheduled Sunday meetings, the Deputy head of the Turkish governing party of justice and development Mehmet Mehdi Eker of living in the Swedish capital by the Turks for the campaign in support of constitutional amendments, reported TASS.

“Mutual cooling in relations between Turkey and the EU began in 2010-2011, when Ankara turned to authoritarianism, — the expert reminded the Saitov. But since the July coup, 2016, the authorities support a certain opinion: Erdogan is Turkey and myself are victims of the West and supported a “terrorist organization” Gulen”.

However, said the Saitov, Erdogan’s quarrel with the West becomes a game with high stakes. Given that the Netherlands is the leading investor in Turkey, a further cooling of relations with the EU may threaten the Turkish economy. But that economic success, the expert emphasizes, is based the political unity of Turkey: the socio-economic crisis will lead to failure crucial for Erdogan’s political reform.

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