May 12 2018

Netherlands discuss officially banning Turkish politicians’ election campaigns

People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the largest coalition partner of the Dutch government headed by prime minister Mark Rutte has started preparing a law to ban Turkish politicians' election campaigns in the Netherlands, BBC Turkish reported

Bente Becker a member of the parliament from VVD, told local media that foreign politicians who run election campaigns in disrupted the peace in the Dutch society and said that, like Germany, the Netherlands needed a legislation to ban the election campaigns of Turkish politicians offically. 

Coalition partner Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) strongly supports VVD’s proposal, BBC Turkish said.

In Mar. 2017, during the Turkish campaign to change the constitution to a presidential system, the Netherlands refused to allow Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s plane to land in the country.

Family and social policy minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya came from Germany by road to hold a rally in response, and was declared persona non grata and escorted by police out of the Netherlands.

As a response, Turkey denied entry to Dutch Ambassador to Turkey and the Netherlands decided to officially withdraw its ambassador to Turkey in Feb. 2018.