Restoring death penalty in Turkey 'red line' in European Union bid

"What Hans and George say is not important for me", he said. "We agreed that three agreements will be implemented together.it is the nature of agreement", he said.

Soylu issued the threat on Thursday following a diplomatic row between Ankara and Germany and The Netherlands, fuelled by the latter's ban on allowing Turkish ministers to stage rallies there.

The factsheet came in the midst of diplomatic spats between Turkey and some European Union member states, which squabbled over Turkish ministers wooing support from expatriates in Europe for constitutional reforms granting greater powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Roughly 1.4 million Turks in Germany and approximately 380,000 in the Netherlands have the right to vote on the potential legislation.

However, some German districts stopped rallies going ahead, and the Netherlands imposed a blanket ban and even blocked a Turkish minister's plane from landing to stop him attending. I'm telling you Europe, do you have that courage?

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte fended off the challenge of Wilders to score an election victory hailed across Europe by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism.

Analysts say Erdogan is seeking with his volcanic rhetoric to woo nationalist votes in the April 16 referendum on constitutional change, which analysts believe is heading for a tight outcome.

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On Friday, a Turkish daily newspaper, Gunes ('Sun'), added fuel to the fire with a front page on which German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted in full Nazi garb wearing Adolf Hitler's moustache.

Sigmar Gabriel described Erdogan's comments, including likening Germany's current leaders to Nazis, as "ludicrous" but said Europe should stop responding in a war of words which only plays into the Turkish leader's hands.

German deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter refused to be drawn into the controversy, only saying: "We are not taking part in a game of provocation".

With no end in sight to the tensions between Turkey and the European Union which have raised new doubts over Ankara's long-standing membership bid, the government has also threatened to walk away from a key migration deal.

But Cavusoglu's remarks on TV 24 channel came only three days before the one-year anniversary of a deal brokered between Brussels and Ankara that would allow for irregular migrants in Greece, the starting point of the trek to northern Europe, to be returned to Turkey in exchange for Syrian refugees hosted on Turkish soil.

"Let us remind you that you can not play games in this region and ignore Turkey", he said.

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