Turkey vs. the Netherlands on constitutional reformFrom: email@example.com
Mar 13 2017 01:57:59
Title: Diplomatic Spat Between Turkey and Netherlands Right Before Dutch Elections
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 06:44:00 -0400
A diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands is evolving.
Source of the controversy: Turkey's upcoming referendum on a constitutional
change which would give more powers to the president. President Recep Erdoğan
has been clamping down on opposition ever since the attempted coup, and
securing his reign. Changing the constitution is another step in this process,
which is seen by some as a large step towards eradicating democracy.
The Netherlands comes into play as the Turkish ruling party (AK) wishes to
campaign for a "yes" vote in other countries, such as Germany, Austria, and the
Netherlands. None of those countries is happy with an uninvited campaign visit
by foreign politicians. The Turkish minister of foreign affairs was supposed to
come to the Netherlands to campaign. The Dutch government strongly counselled
against his visit, stating, amongst other reasons, that they do not want the
Netherlands to host a rallying call for eradication of democracy. However, the
rally could not be forbidden just because the contents was yuck to those in
power - free speech and all that.
After this started hitting the news, the owners of the rooms that were booked
for these rallies cancelled these bookings. Meanwhile, talks were ongoing
between the two countries to resolve the situation. The Dutch government claims
that the Turks started threatening with sanctions, and (my rephrasing) refused
to be held hostage to how to govern their own country. In the midst of this
evolving diplomatic spat, the Turkish minister of foreign affairs got onto a
plane to the Netherlands.
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