Tension Grows Between Turkey and the Netherlands
Turkey protested the Netherlands' refusal to allow its officials to enter the country as tensions grew between the two European Union nations.
On Saturday, the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte blocked Turkish officials from entering the country. The officials wanted to campaign in the Netherlands for a referendum on April 16. They were hoping to find Turks to vote in the referendum. If passed, the referendum would greatly expand the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey said the Netherlands police used "disproportionate" force against Turkish protestors. And its president, Erdogan said, "Nazism is alive in the West" and promised to retaliate.
Reactions from Europe
After the heated exchange, European Union leaders asked Turkey to avoid statements or actions that worsen the situation. EU spokesman Margaritis Schinas said it was essential to find ways to calm the situation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a news conference in Munich on Monday, said the Nazi comments were "completely unacceptable." She also urged Turkey to "calm down."
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged all members of the alliance "to show mutual respect, to be calm and have a measured approach."
The Netherlands, meanwhile, issued a travel advisory to their citizens to "be alert and avoid gatherings and busy places throughout Turkey."
The conflict between the two countries comes as the Netherlands is preparing for its own general election on Wednesday.
In this election, the right-wing PVV party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be competing against the far-right, anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders' party. Wilders has recently said the Netherlands government should block Turkish ministers from the country until after the election.
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周六，荷兰总理马克·鲁特（Mark Rutte）下令禁止土耳其官员入境 。土耳其官员原计划在荷兰为4月16日土耳其公投造势，他们原本希望召集土耳其人参加公投投票 。如果公投通过，将会极大地扩大土耳其总统埃尔多安的权力 。
土耳其称，荷兰警方使用“不相称”的武力镇压土耳其示威者 。土耳其总统表示，“纳粹主义在西方国家复活”并承诺将进行报复 。
经过一番激烈交锋，欧盟领导人要求土耳其避免一切恶化局势的言论或行动 。欧盟发言人希纳斯称，设法缓解局势是必要之举 。
周一，德国总理安吉拉.默克尔（Angela Merkel）在慕尼黑新闻发布会上表示，土耳其的纳粹言论是“完全无法接受的” 。她还敦促土耳其“冷静下来” 。
北约秘书长延斯.斯托尔滕贝格（Jens Stoltenberg）呼吁所有成员国“互相尊重、保持冷静并采取谨慎的立场” 。
这次选举中，鲁特总理所属右翼党派自民党将同反伊斯兰民粹主义者威尔姆斯的极右翼党派自由党进行角逐 。近日，维尔德斯表示，大选结束之前，荷兰政府应阻止土耳其部长入境 。