Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

In first election, Turkish-Dutch party makes a splash

In first election, Turkish-Dutch party makes a splash

Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also took aim at the Netherlands on Thursday despite the previous day's election result, in which Dutch voters rejected right-wing populist Geert Wilders and his Islamophobic and anti-immigration platform.

Erdogan has recently upped his antagonistic rhetoric towards Europe after Germany and the Netherlands both canceled campaign appearances by Turkish politicians.

"Where is freedom of religion?" he said, referring to the court ruling this week. "They have promised to remove visas".

In the Turkish referendum on April 16, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be seeking support for constitutional changes that would effectively scrap the current parliamentary system and strengthen his own position.

"The refugee issue is a matter of worldwide law, global solidarity and a humanitarian concern", Dimitris Vitsas told the private Alpha radio Thursday.

JCPenney to close in Findlay and St. Marys
Other brick-and-mortar retailers have made similar moves to pare down their number of stores, including Macy's and Sears. A previous press release stated the company would offer 6,000 eligible associates a voluntary early retirement program.

Turkey Says Tillerson to Visit on March 30
Attempts to denuclearise North Korea over the past 20 years have failed, according the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His decision to visit Japan first demonstrates its importance to the U.S.as a diplomatic partner in Asia.

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The revised order, signed on March 6, left key elements of the original ban in place, including a 120-day suspension of the U.S. These rulings, like the earlier Ninth Circuit decision, miss a crucial fact, the dissenters said: The U.S.

The European Court of Justice said it does not constitute "direct discrimination" if a firm has an internal rule banning the wearing of "any political, philosophical or religious sign". "There is no such thing", Erdoğan said.

Erdogan ridiculed Rutte who Turkish officials said had told Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that the two sides could iron out their differences over dinner. "They have started a (Christian-Muslim) war. I say this very openly, Europe is heading toward its pre-World War II days".

Turkey is unlikely to act on recent threats uttered by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu who said that they could send 15,000 refugees to Europe a month to shock Europeans.

The leaders said "it was unacceptable for Turkey to use Nazi jibes to criticise Germany and other countries for banning rallies".

Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said the German leader discussed the tensions between European Union nations and Turkey with French President Francois Hollande in a phone call Thursday. However, Belent Tunc made clear that the alien breed has been "causing troubles" in Turkey.

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