EU leaders have criticise Turkey
Mar 13, Berlin: EU leaders have criticised Turkey, amid a growing row over the Turkish government's attempts to hold rallies in European countries.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany and the Netherlands of "Nazism" after officials blocked rallies there.
Dutch PM Mark Rutte called his comments "unacceptable", while Germany's foreign minister said he hoped Turkey would "return to its senses".
Denmark's leader has also postponed a planned meeting with Mr Erdogan.
Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he was concerned that "democratic principles are under great pressure" in Turkey.
He added that he had postponed the meeting because: "With the current Turkish attacks on Holland the meeting cannot be seen separated from that."
Meanwhile, looking at the statements in the press, the Dutch have appeared to be more cool-headed in the ongoing spat with Ankara, save for the generally more outspoken far-right politician. Still, their actions spoke louder than words when the Turkish foreign minister’s plane was scandalously banned from flying to the Netherlands, while another minister was outright deported while trying to reach the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.
The Dutch put their moves down to security concerns, but they left the Turks fuming, with some top Ankara officials coming up with words best described as bizarre. While the two sides spectacularly clashed by giving one another lessons in history, diplomacy and democracy, let us pause for a moment and see if you can still recognize who uttered what.
The Oslo Times International News Network