Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Turkish FM urges European Union to implement visa-free regime

Turkish FM urges European Union to implement visa-free regime

Following the Dutch ban on Turkish politicians holding rallies, Erdogan accused the Dutch of "Nazism and fascism" and blamed The Netherlands for allowing the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims, which took place in Srebrenica during the Bosnian civil war when Srebrenica was under Dutch peacekeepers' watch. Roughly 1.4 million Turks in Germany and approximately 380,000 in the Netherlands have the right to vote on the potential legislation.

"If Turkey really is a state under the rule of law as Mr Erdogan claims, I ask myself how he already knows and can say before the start of a trial that Deniz Yucel is a terrorist and a spy", Gabriel told German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview that will be published on Saturday.

"Have five children, not three". I'm telling you Europe, do you have that courage? Kurds make up a sizable number of the over 3 million people of Turkish origin in Germany.

He, however, said "because of Brexit the situation now is completely different".

But Erdogan said there was to be no reconciliation with The Hague.

He said the dramatic statements and the recent fallout in relations with some European countries should be read as part of the efforts of Turkey's government to win votes in the upcoming referendum on granting the President more powers.

On the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes, Kilicdaroglu said the proposed changes "concern all of us", adding that these changes would affect every citizen.

Kahl said that the coup was launched by "part of the military" who expected to be hit by a purge.

On Friday, a Turkish daily newspaper, Gunes ('Sun'), added fuel to the fire with a front page on which German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted in full Nazi garb wearing Adolf Hitler's moustache.

A day after accusing the European Union of starting a "crusade" against Islam by the ruling, he said the court should "ban the kippa ban too" - although in theory the Jewish skullcap should be included in the decision which covers all religious symbols.

But Cavusoglu's remarks on TV 24 channel came only three days before the one-year anniversary of a deal brokered between Brussels and Ankara that would allow for irregular migrants in Greece, the starting point of the trek to northern Europe, to be returned to Turkey in exchange for Syrian refugees hosted on Turkish soil.

Turkey's interior minister has threatened to "blow the mind" of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees a month to European Union territory.

The European Union had said it expects Turkey to continue implementing the deal, which drastically cut the numbers making the unsafe passage across the Aegean Sea.

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