Turkey's Erdogan on German journalist: 'Thank God' he was arrested

However, relations between the European Union and Turkey have soured after Germany and the Netherlands prevented Turkish politicians, including Cavusoglu, from campaigning for April 16 referendum that would, if approved, give executive powers to incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Wilders" anti-Islam Party for Freedom could only manage a second position in the Dutch polls, securing 20 seats.

The Turkish Foreign Minister attacked Holland at a rally in Antalya on Thursday, despite the failure of anti-Islam/anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders to win a majority of the votes in the parliamentary elections on the day before. "Soon religious wars will begin in Europe", he added.

The EU has opened 16 out of the 35 chapters required for Turkey to join the 28-nation bloc, but only one of them has so far been concluded.

'His departure is a sign of the unacceptable intervention and intimidation from Turkey, ' CDA leader Sybrand Buma said in a reaction.

Erdogan had previously accused the German and Dutch governments of engaging in "Nazi practices" after both countries prevented Turkish ministers from campaigning at events for expatriate voters ahead of an upcoming referendum. "Erdogan is clearly on the wrong path and he's harming Turkish interests".

But millions more people living in western Europe states have Turkish roots. Earlier this month, Erdoğan accused Germany of behaving like "Nazis" after several German cities canceled rallies supporting his referendum, citing security concerns.

But this is the first time he has directly called on parliament to approve it after the referendum on constitutional change.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in an interview with Deutschland funk radio that Turkey's verbal attacks and the way that "the rule of law and order in Turkey has been trampled on" after a failed coup in July meant there was nothing that could help bring the European Union and Turkey together at the moment.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kept up the outrageous rhetoric, repeating charges that the Dutch government contains "Nazi remnants", holding it responsible for the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre and calling out German chancellor Angela Merkel for "mercilessly supporting terrorism".

The diplomatic escalation threatens a deal Ankara and Brussels made a year ago meant to slow down the flow of immigrants from Turkey into Europe.

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