Dutch bar Turkish minister from landing in rally row

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"They do not know politics or global diplomacy", Erdogan said.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: "This morning on TV (the Turkish minister) made clear he was threatening the Netherlands with sanctions and we can never negotiate with the Turks under such threats. These are the remains of Nazis, they are fascists", he added.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has retaliated, branding his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner a "Nazi remnant", prompting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to label such a comment "way out of line".

When two German municipalities cited safety concerns for canceling campaign rallies - seeking to address an estimated 1.4 million Turkish voters living in Germany - Erdogan responded last Sunday by saying the rulings were "not different from Nazi practices".

In the latest twist in the row, Cavusoglu angered the Dutch by threatening "severe sanctions" if he were banned from traveling to the Rotterdam rally.

The Dutch government said Saturday it had denied entry to Çavuşoğlu over "risks to public order and security", the AP reported.

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The Netherlands has followed Germany in banning Turkish leaders from campaigning for the April referendum.

The intense diplomatic arguments highlighted the extraordinary heat generated by an upcoming referendum in Turkey that would transform its system of government and could vastly expand Erdogan's power. "The Dutch government does not have any protest against gatherings in our country to inform them about it", he said. "That makes the search for a reasonable solution impossible." the Dutch government said. Several other European cities have banned Turkish officials from attending such meetings aimed at expats who are allowed to vote in the referendum.

"You can stop our foreign minister's plane all you want, let's see how your planes will come to Turkey from now on", Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul on Saturday.

"But these meetings cannot contribute to tensions in our society and everyone who wants to contribute to an event must comply with instructions from the authorities so that public order and security can be guaranteed". I am flying to Rotterdam today.

Opponents say the change would push Turkey toward one-man rule and the erosion of basic rights and freedoms.

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