dglobalnews.com Erdogan has gone too far with Nazi comments: Berlin
Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Erdogan has gone too far with Nazi comments: Berlin

Erdogan has gone too far with Nazi comments: Berlin

"All of this is under our hands", said Turkey's top diplomat during a televised interview.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kept up the outrageous rhetoric, repeating charges that the Dutch government contains "Nazi remnants", holding it responsible for the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre and calling out German chancellor Angela Merkel for "mercilessly supporting terrorism". "Seventeen percent, 20 percent, there are a lot of parties like this, but they are all the same", Çavuşoğlu said at a rally in the southern city of Antalya on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Mr Erdogan, whose announcement was greeted by loud cheers, said he did not care what Europe thought about such a move.

"Merkel. She backs [the Netherlands] too. Against who? My Turkish brother citizens in Germany and brother ministers", Erdogan said on Sunday.

Sweeping aside the EU's remarks, Turkey's European Union affairs minister and foreign minister earlier this week threatened to tear up the migration deal, accusing the European Union of reneging on its promise to grant visa exemption for Turkish citizens.

"There is a risk of a formal breakdown but let's not forget that these negotiations at now already at a still stand because of Austria's refusal to open new chapters of accession, so nothing will actually change", Aktar said in a pessimistic mood while Turkish opinion support to the landmark project is at a record low. "They [European states] do not have the urge to hide their intentions and can not hide the discomfort they feel from Turkey, which is growing stronger", Erdogan said, as cited by Reuters.

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"Turkey-EU is a closed file", added the European affairs expert.

Scheduled for April 16, the plebiscite proposes amendments to the constitution that will make Erdogan the sole executive head of state, with the authority to choose his own cabinet ministers, enact laws, call elections, and declare states of emergency.

The demo "Solidarity for Turks" had been organised in the wake of the weekend riots in Rotterdam which took place after two Turkish ministers were banned from addressing rallies.

"The vote in Europe is significant, there is almost 5 million people across Europe who are Turkish".

Turkey has been locked in a feud with both Germany and the Netherlands after both countries prevented its ministers from addressing rallies of expatriate Turks, citing safety concerns. Ankara also summoned the German ambassador at that time.

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