Populist vs. Populist: What the Turkey-Netherlands Row Reveals About Global Populism

Istanbul's Taksim Square, backdropped by a poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, March 14, 2017 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).
Istanbul's Taksim Square, backdropped by a poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, March 14, 2017 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).

The row between Turkey and the Netherlands over a banned political rally by Turkish immigrants in Rotterdam has now escalated into a diplomatic crisis that threatens Turkey’s relations with the European Union. Like Germany had done days before, the Netherlands cited a threat to public order as the reason for banning the rally last week. The demonstration had been called to show support for Turkish constitutional reforms that would create an executive presidency, strengthening President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian grip on power. In addition to banning the gathering, Dutch authorities turned back the airplane carrying Turkey’s foreign minister to […]

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