Dutch riot police clash with protesters near the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on March 11, 2017 after the Turkish Family Minister was barred by police from entering the Turkish consulate and escorted out of the country. AFP / ANP / Marten van Dijl
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Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday threatened to impose sanctions on the Netherlands and take it to the European Court of Human Rights over a ban on his ministers speaking at rallies in Dutch cities, deepening a row with a NATO ally.Erdogan, who is seeking support from Turks in a referendum on boosting his powers as president, had previously accused the Dutch government of acting like "Nazi remnants" for barring his ministers from addressing expatriate Turks to drum up votes.Turkey also summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires Monday to complain about the ban – imposed due to fears of unrest and distaste at what the Netherlands sees as an increasingly authoritarian tone from Erdogan – and the actions of police against Turkish protesters in Rotterdam over the weekend, foreign ministry sources said.Protests then erupted in Turkey and the Netherlands.Some 400,000 Turkish citizens live in the Netherlands and an estimated 1.5 million Turkish voters live in Germany.Dutch direct investment in Turkey amounts to $22 billion, making the Netherlands the biggest source of foreign investment with a share of 16 percent.Turkey imported $3 billion worth of Dutch goods in 2016 .Some 900,000 Dutch people visited Turkey last year, down from 1.2 million a year earlier.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey and the Netherlands to defuse the row.
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