Europe is Facing 'Wars of Religion' Says Turkish Foreign Minister

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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.

"You are now employing Nazi methods", he said in Istanbul, taking aim at the German chancellor.

"Turkey has tried on different levels to convince us of that fact, but they have not succeeded", Bruno Kahl told Der Spiegel.

Erdogan, in response to the ban, accused the Netherlands of acting like "Nazi remnants" and having a "rotten" character, claiming the country was responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday re-upped his attacks against German chancellor Angela Merkel, accusing her of using "nazi measures" as the dispute between Berlin and Ankara intensified, according to media reports. "When we call them Nazis they [European politicians] get uncomfortable".

"Against whom? Against my Turkish brothers and sisters in Germany, against my minister brothers and sisters, against parliamentary brothers and sisters who travel there".

Lashing out at Europe, Erdogan said "gas chambers and concentration camps" could once again be on the table, but that "they don't have the nerve for that".

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He used an informal form of "you" in Turkish.

The accusation follows a pro Kurdish rally in Germany Saturday that turned into a rally against the Turkish President. Kalın made the comment in an interview with broadcaster CNN Türk, Reuters reported.

"Germany, as well as Turkey, deserves respect", he added.

Legislation to restore capital punishment would still need to be signed by the president, and Mr Erdogan said he would do so immediately.

"The vote in Europe is significant, there is almost 5 million people across Europe who are Turkish".

In early March, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag pulled out of a scheduled visit to Germany, after a small town in German south-western region of Baden-Wurttemberg denied him the chance to address his countrymen.

Days before the first anniversary of a landmark refugee deal with the European Union, Turkey's foreign minister has vowed to "cancel" it, widening the diplomatic row with the Netherlands and Germany amid a general debate on Ankara's long standing bid to join the block.