Erdogan describes the Dutch as “Nazi remnants” as diplomatic row escalates

Mr Erdogan threatened to retaliate against the Dutch after they banned Turkey’s foreign minister

BBC – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch as “Nazi remnants and fascists”, as a diplomatic row grows over a cancelled rally.

The Turkish foreign minister was due to speak in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday in support of a referendum to give Mr Erdogan greater powers.

But the rally was banned for security reasons, and the minister’s plane was then refused permission to land.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the remark was “way out of line”.

“It’s a crazy remark of course,” Mr Rutte said.

Turkey has summoned the Dutch charge d’affaires for an explanation.

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