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Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch warn citizens after Erdogan threat

13th March 2017

The Netherlands has warned its citizens over travel to Turkey as a row between the countries shows no sign of abating.


Germany, Austria and the Netherlands blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in those countries.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation, saying: "Nazism is still widespread in the West".


German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the comments as unacceptable and offered the Netherlands her "full support and solidarity".


On Monday, the Dutch foreign ministry issued a new travel warning, urging its citizens in Turkey to take care and noting the new "diplomatic tensions".


The warning to "avoid gatherings and crowded places" came as Turkey's foreign ministry lodged a formal protest with the Dutch envoy.

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Meanwhile, the Dutch deputy prime minister, Lodewijk Asscher, said that "to be called Nazis by a regime which is walking backwards in regards to human rights is just disgusting".

This picture taken in Istanbul on March 13, 2017 shows a man selecting a newspaper bearing a headline concerning diplomatic tensions between Turkey and The Netherlands, which translates as ""Dogs of Europe" in Istanbul on March 13, 2017


One Turkish newspaper referred to the Dutch on Monday as the "dogs of Europe"


European Union leaders called for calm.


"It is essential to avoid further escalation and find ways to calm down the situation," said a joint statement by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn.


The BBC's Mark Lowen, in Istanbul, says that Turkey and the Netherlands, two Nato allies, are now locked in an "unprecedented diplomatic crisis".


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