A Turkish minister warned that holy wars will soon begin in Europe. He said that it does not matter if far-right leader Geert Wilders lost in the Netherlands election.
Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the victory of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) was not good.
Cavusoglu said that there is really no difference between the social democrats and Wilders. Wilders was referred to by some as the "Dutch Donald Trump" for his strong anti-Muslim immigrants views. That the Dutch parties all have the same thinking. The bad thing is, he believes that all the leaders are pushing Europe down. He said that the holy wars will soon begin in Europe.
Wilders tried to use to his advantage during the election the ongoing diplomatic fight between the Netherlands and Turkey. Wilders called Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a dictator.
Turkey is pushing for constitutional reforms to change their current parliamentary system to presidential one. The election will be held on April 16. The Turkish government wanted to campaign among the almost one million Turkish voters who are currently in Europe.
Cavusoglu was supposed to hold a campaign rally in Rotterdam but it was cancelled on Saturday. Dutch authorities earlier allowed Cavusoglu's plane to land in the country but later took back the permission. Turkey was insulted by the move and promised to get back at Netherlands.
Trouble continued when President Erdogan and his popular ministers called the Dutch government " fascists and Nazis". EU leaders reacted and said those words were offensive and unrealistic.
The fight continued online as Turkish hackers posted Nazi accusations against Netherlands. They used the hashtags #NaziGermany and #NaziHolland. Turkish-backed rebels in Syria posted a video accusing the Dutch government of being influenced by Wilders' "xenophobic and racist" party.
Turkey also stopped high level talks with the Dutch government officials on Monday and closed its airspace to Dutch diplomats. It is also threatening to cancel a deal signed with EU last year on sending fewer refugees to Greece.
Other countries as Germany, Austria and Switzerland have not given permission for Turkey to hold campaign rallies in their local areas for the April 16 election. Such has upset Turkey more and promised to get back at the European countries. There are concerns among human rights groups, on the other hand, that constitutional changes will give Erdogan more power.
For now, EU has to deal with a very angry Turkey with its foreign ministers threatening a holy war to start in Europe.