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Briefing on the recent Turkey-Netherlands spat

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The recent extraordinary incidents between Turkey and the Netherlands will increase support among nationalists for the governments in both countries but will not damage inter-state relations in the long term.

  • The recent incidents between Turkey and the Netherlands will allow both governments to increase their support among nationalists.
  • The incidents’ coming just before elections in both countries has led to claims that both sides’ uncompromising behaviour was motivated by pursuit of political advantage.
  • This will likely not damage bi-lateral economic ties, important to both, but rather mutual perceptions on a societal level, including of diaspora communities.

Last week the Netherlands banned two Turkish ministers from speaking in the country, with police escorting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from the country and preventing Minister for Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from entering Turkey’s Rotterdam consulate. By denying access to the consulate, critics claim…

 

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16 March 2017

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