Reflections

When Campaigns Collide in Europe

Mar 13, 2017 | 22:49 GMT
Turkish protesters wave flags outside the embassy in Rotterdam.
On March 11, Dutch officials refused to admit two Turkish government ministers to Rotterdam to campaign in support of Ankara's upcoming vote on constitutional reforms. The incident drew backlash from the Netherlands' large Turkish expatriate community.
(BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

On Saturday, officials in Rotterdam refused to admit a pair of Turkish government ministers into the city to campaign on behalf of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ahead of a landmark Turkish referendum in April. The incident touched off a diplomatic row between the Turkish and Dutch governments, just days after tensions flared between Ankara and Berlin. Ankara needs the support of the millions of Turkish voters living in Western Europe. But European politicians have their own campaigns to consider....

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