Germany, France, defend Netherlands in Dutch-Turkish argument

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault have made statements defending the Netherlands’ actions as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to impose sanctions for the ban on its ministers.

Both countries have condemned the statements made by Erdogan calling the Dutch government “Nazi remnants,” as well as “fascists” and a “banana republic.”

Meanwhile, Erdogan is trying to get cabinet approval for sanctions on the Dutch government. The row began on Saturday, when pro-referendum rallies were cancelled across the Netherlands, with tensions increasing as the Turkish Foreign Minister was refused landing in the country, and the Family Minister detained.

The disagreements between the Dutch and the Turkish are part of a greater rift growing between Turkey and the European Union, as its possibilities of joining the bloc are diminishing following the post-coup purges and as the referendum on increasing Erdogan’s power approached.

(Image: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images Europe)

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