Top EU leaders condemn Erdogan's Nazi jibe
European Council President Donald Tusk has expressed support for the Netherlands and condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for dismissing the Dutch nation as "Nazi remnants”.
"The Netherlands is Europe, and today I want to say that Europe is the Netherlands. A place of freedom and democracy. And for sure Rotterdam, the city of Erasmus, brutally destroyed by the Nazis, which today has a mayor born in Morocco. If anyone sees fascism in Rotterdam, they are completely detached from reality. We all show solidarity with the Netherlands,” Tusk said.
Tusk's remarks were echoed by European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. Speaking to parliament, Juncker said he was scandalized by the accusations. He added the remarks were unacceptable and are driving Ankara further away from its goal of joining the EU.
A diplomatic row erupted between the EU and Turkey after Rotterdam and other European cities banned Turkish political rallies, aimed at gaining support for a referendum which could give new powers to President Erdogan.
- Editor:Albert | Source: Agencies
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