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Merkel supports Netherlands in conflict with Turkey
21:36, 13 March 2017
Merkel supports Netherlands in conflict with Turkey

Merkel sharply criticized the words of Turkish president about Netherlands being "Nazi remnants"

21:36, 13 March 2017

Ria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported Netherlands in the diplomatic conflict with Turkey. She has sharply criticized the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referring to the Netherlands as "Nazi remnants", according to Reuters.

"Germany completely rejects rhetorical and any other comparisons with the National Socialists made by the Turkish president," Merkel said, repeating her condemnation against Turkish President’s claims last week.

"This rejection is also valid for our allies, such as the Netherlands. These comparisons are completely misguided. They trivialize the suffering. Particularly in the Netherlands that endured so much agony through the National Socialists, it's just completely unacceptable. That's why the Netherlands can count on my complete support and solidarity on this."

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of Netherlands, in turn, called Erdogan’s remark "out of line".

As it was reported earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Dutch authorities "fascists and remnants of Nazism". He made such statement at the rally in Istanbul. Moreover, just the day before Erdogan accused Germany of "Nazi practices", authorities of which, acted alike and stood against campaigning of Turkish politicians in the country before the upcoming referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish president.

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