Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses to health sector workers at his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday warned the Netherlands that he could take further steps in a deepening diplomatic row, while a government spokesman in Ankara said economic sanctions could be coming.Incensed by Dutch and German government bans on his ministers from speaking to rallies of overseas Turks, Erdogan also accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of siding with the Netherlands in the fight between the NATO allies.Those steps were taken after Erdogan branded the Netherlands "Nazi remnants" at the weekend for muzzling his ministers.Erdogan has threatened to take the Netherlands to the European Court of Human Rights over the ban on his ministers, which both the Dutch and Germans have imposed citing fears of unrest.Merkel has refrained from reacting to Erdogan.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Turkish sanctions, while "not too bad," were inappropriate as the Dutch had more to be angry about.
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