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Dutch PM condemns ‘unacceptable’ comments by Erdogan on Macron

Prime minister Mark Rutte has destined Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan for signifying the French president Emmanuel Macron to find psychiatric’ help.

Erdogan accused France of initiating a witch-hunt contrary to the Muslim community with Macron’s speech setting out a plan to end ‘Islamist terrorism’ by imitating the impact of foreign countries in schools and minority groups. France pulled its ambassador to Ankara after Erdogan’s comments at a conference.

The series derives in the wake of a murder; secondary school teacher Samuel Paty in a Parisian district, soon after he had shown an animation of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson.

In declarations tweeted in Dutch, English, and French; Rutte pushed that Erdogan’s comments were “not acceptable” and voiced support for French and European values against ‘fanatic radicalism’. Other respected European politicians, with the EU foreign affairs minister Josep Borrell, joined in the disapproval.

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“I demand Turkey to put an end to this dangerous spiral of hostility,” Borrell said. It’s not the first time the Dutch prime minister has mismatched with Turkey’s long-serving head of state. In March 2017 the Turkish foreign minister’s plane was dined from landing in Amsterdam to stop his address with a rally in Rotterdam. The crowd was in support of a referendum on whether to allow the president sweeping new powers.

Erdogan labeled the Netherlands as a ‘fascist regime’ and ‘offcuts of Nazism’, while Rutte responded “We will not let our nation be extorted by the Turks.” Rutte’s party, the right-wing liberal VVD, augmented its lead in the opinion polls in the days after the wave and succussed winning 33 seats in the election on March 15.

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