Netherlands says visit of Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes ‘undesirable’

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes The Netherlands has rejected as “undesirable” a visit by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes to attend an event commemorating the July 2016 failed coup. “A visit by the Turkish deputy prime minister or any member of the Turkish government is undesirable, given the current situation regarding bilateral relations […]

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Dutch election: Trump-style populism takes a hit with supporters of Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Supporters of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the free-market VVD party cheer during Rutte’s first appearance after exit poll results were announced. Photo / AP The Dutch political establishment appeared to fend off a challenge from anti-Muslim firebrand Geert Wilders, according to initial exit polls, potentially blunting the momentum of anti-establishment politicians across Europe. The […]

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Srebrenica accusation deepens crisis with Netherlands

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his palace in Ankara, Turkey. Photo / AP Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply escalated a diplomatic confrontation with the Netherlands, blaming the nation’s “corrupt” character for the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnians under the watch of a Dutch contingent of peacekeepers. “We know the Dutch from the […]

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Turkey raises EU tensions on Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers

Turkish citizens show their anger outside the Dutch consulate in Istanbul. Photo / AP Turkey said yesterday that it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two Nato allies. The sanctions – which include a ban […]

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Netherlands’ Prime Minister and VVD party leader Mark Rutte leads elections: Exit polls

Netherlands’ Prime Minister and VVD party leader Mark Rutte answers journalists’ questions after casting his ballot in the Dutch general elections at a polling station on March 15, 2017 in The Hague. (Photos by AFP) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the highest number of seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls show. Polls suggest that […]

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