Turkish minister's 'concern' over Dutch far-right

Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus describes increased support for Geert Wilders's anti-Islam party as 'matter of concern' 

Turkish minister's 'concern' over Dutch far-right

World Bulletin / News Desk

The increased support for far-right politician Geert Wilders in the recent Dutch general election is a “matter of concern”, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Thursday. 

Kurtulmus told reporters in the eastern Turkish city of Elazig that Wilders’s performance was the latest example of increasing right-wing populism across Europe.

On Wednesday, the Dutch went to the polls to elect a new government amid a diplomatic row with Ankara over Turkish ministers’ visits to the European country.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte appears set for a third term as his center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy won the largest share of seats in parliament, 33 out of 150, down from 41 in the 2012 polls.

Rutte’s performance will likely be enough to beat Wilders into second place despite increased support for the latter’s anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic Party for Freedom.

Kurtulmus said despite Rutte’s success, the rise in support for Wilders was a matter of concern for the Netherlands.

He also said he hoped the country would form a government soon as the election result suggested the Netherlands would go through a tough negotiation process to form a coalition administration.

Ankara expects some concrete steps from the Dutch government to reset relations with Turkey.

On Saturday, the Dutch authorities blocked Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya from holding events in Rotterdam.

Protesting Turkish nationals were dispersed by police using batons, dogs and water cannon. 

 

Last Mod: 16 Mart 2017, 17:52
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