Holland-Turkey Crisis: Ankara bans Dutch ambassador as situation intensifies

Holland-Turkey Crisis: Dutch ambassador banned as situation intensifies

The crisis began over the weekend when two Turkish Government ministers were barred from attending rallies in favour of giving President Erdogan more powers

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Turkey has banned the Dutch ambassador from returning to the country and has suspended all higher forms of diplomatic relations as tensions between the two countries escalate.

The move was announced by Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus in Ankara on Monday, in response to the Netherlands' ban on Turkish ministers speaking at election rallies. 

The crisis involving Turkey and the Netherlands began over the weekend after two Turkish government ministers were barred from speaking at rallies in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking support from his country's diaspora ahead of a referendum which could grant him far more power.

Mr Erdogan responded to the bans with fiery condemnation, blasting the Netherlands and accusing the central European country of "nazism".

Tensions between the two countries and the rest of Europe have continued to grow, with Germany pledging solidarity with the Netherlands. 

Turkish EU affairs minister Omer Celik has even threatened to pull out of a deal agreed with the EU last year, which commits Turkey to accept the retun of migrants who fail to secure asylum in neighbouring Greece.

EU officials have called for "ways to calm down the situation" in order to halt the growing crisis.