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January 19 2018, 05:42 | Irvin Gilbert
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Dutch Prime Minister Rutte won the elections but lost a friend like Turkey, media reports said.
"He says "we can have dinner with the prime minister after the election".
"Many parties have received a similar share of votes".
Erdogan warned Thursday, however, that a key refugee deal with Europe could be at risk. "That's because you are the future of Europe", Erdogan further addressed the Turkish diaspora.
In an attempt to gain support for his plans from Turkish citizens living in Europe - with significant numbers in Germany and the Netherlands in particular - Erdogan has been using politicians - and his ministers - to promote them in rallies in both countries. Mr Cavusoglu predicted the start of "religious wars" in Europe, saying the bloc was being pushed to the edge of "the cliff" by the rise of the far right.
Erdogan, who is counting on the overseas Turks in the April 16 vote, has accused the Dutch government of acting like "Nazi remnants". Mr Rutte has tried to defuse the row, allegedly suggesting that any differences could be sorted out over dinner.
The municipality of Istanbul also announced it would break off its 12-year "twin city" relationship with the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, at Mr Erdogan's urging.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is courting Turks overseas for support in an April 16 referendum that would grant him sweeping new powers.
Under the refugee agreement, the European authorities, particularly the Greeks, can return the refugees, who have illegally crossed the Aegean Sea, to Turkey. "Let us remind you that you can not play games in this region and ignore Turkey", he added.
"If the European Union does not implement visa liberalization, we have three interconnected agreements".
"We can stop it unilaterally".
"He needs an enemy for his election campaign: Turkey humiliated and the West arrogant", Gabriel said in an interview with the German daily Der Spiegel.
The country's interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, said late Thursday that the European Union is "playing games" to prevent Ankara from becoming strong, suggesting that Turkey could send 15,000 refugees a month to Europe to "blow its mind".
"Shame on the EU".
But Turkish ministers and Erdogan have said they need to respond to popular demand for the restoration of capital punishment to deal with the ringleaders of the July 15 coup bid.