France allows Turkish minister to speak at rally but Turkey-Dutch row shows no sign of ebbing

By bne IntelliNews March 13, 2017

France allowed Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to speak at a pro-government rally in the eastern town of Metz on March 12 after Germany, and the Netherlands blocked similar public gatherings in their cities, triggering diplomatic rows.

“In the absence of a proven threat to public order, there was no reason to prohibit the meeting,” French Foreign Minister Jean- Marc Ayrault said in a statement, according to Reuters.

France, one of the EU’s heavyweights with strong commercial ties with Turkey, called for a de-escalation of the diplomatic spat between Ankara and several European countries over the referendum rallies.

Meanwhile, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has asked his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim to postpone a visit to Denmark.

“Under normal circumstances it would be a pleasure for me to greet Yildirim in Copenhagen…But with the current rhetorical attacks by Turkey against the Netherlands, a new meeting cannot be seen isolated from that,” Rasmussen said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“The characterisation of the Western democracies and the current rhetorical attacks against the Netherlands by Turkey means that a meeting right now would be interpreted as if Denmark is viewing developments in Turkey more mildly, which is not at all the case,” the Danish PM added.

Meanwhile, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on March 12 that it was difficult to continue working with Turkey on economic aid because of the row over the Turkish ministers’ rallies in Europe.

"We don't want to escalate it, everyone in the German government is agreed, we only want Turkey to return to reason,” Schauble told Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF, according to Reuters.

However, some observers think that the latest diplomatic spat with Europe could help the Turkish ruling party AKP win the upcoming referendum. The tensions with several European countries could increase President Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity with Turkey’s nationalist voters and boost his image of a strong leader standing against the West.

“Nazism is alive in the West,” Erdogan said on March 12 in a rally in Istanbul. “The Netherlands, that acted like a banana republic, will pay a price for its actions,” he scolded, calling on international organisations to impose sanctions against the Netherlands.

Turkish PM Yildirim also warned that Turkey would retaliate in the harshest ways. But he did not say how.

The opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Erdogan’s main rival, has called on the government to suspend relations with the Netherlands.

Related Articles

Turkey’s CDS hit 2-year low after late liquidity window rate hike

Turkey’s 5-year credit default swaps (CDS) declined to 214bp, the lowest level since July 2015, following the ... more

Constitutional changes would freeze Turkey’s EU accession bid, says parliament’s rapporteur

The European Union would formally suspend Turkey's accession talks on membership of the bloc if it adopts the constitutional changes backed in the April 16 referendum, Reuters reported the European ... more

Thousand detained in Turkey in operation against “secret structure in police”

Police in Turkey arrested 1,000 people across 72 provinces on April 26 as part of a government crackdown on an alleged secret structure within the country’s police force. The authorities said ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss