Erdogan Accuses EU Of 'Crusade' Against Islam

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Haber Turk news channel that the top USA diplomat was likely to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during the visit. "Where are you going, where are you taking Europe?" he asked.

At a rally earlier in the day, the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned of imminent "wars of religion" starting across Europe.

Erdogan also criticised the European Court of Justice's ruling that companies were allowed to ban women from wearing headscarves at work.

"Europe is doing its politics according to Turkey".

French President Francois Hollande and Germany's Angela Merkel on Thursday issued a joint statement denouncing as "unacceptable" Erdogan's remarks on Nazism and his aggressive statements against Berlin and other European Union nations. "You may have emerged as the number one party in the election but you must know that you have lost Turkey as your friend", he said.

Tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have spiked since Turkey arrested a German-Turkish journalist last month, and after Erdogan accused Germany of "fascist actions" after local officials canceled some rallies in support of the referendum.

Many analysts believe Rutte's hardline approach to prohibiting Turkish politicians from campaigning in the Netherlands helped him gain the support of undecided voters who buoyed him to victory over Wilders.

Cavusoglu also predicted that "religious wars" will start in Europe due to the rise of the far right.

Turkey is threatening to scrap its migration deal with the EU amid a diplomatic spat with European governments and a fierce referendum campaign at home.

Mr Cavusoglu questioned The Netherlands' understanding of "humanity, democracy and freedom", insisting Turkey would not remain passive against such actions.

"Forcing people to choose between practicing their religion and their jobs does not comply with human rights, European Union values or with law and justice".

"We can stop it (the deal) unilaterally".

The European Union had said it expects Turkey to continue implementing the deal, which drastically cut the numbers making the risky passage across the Aegean Sea. "From now on, we can say "we will not apply it and it will be over", Mr Cavusoglu said in a TV interview. Erdogan and his Islamist rooted AKP party fought to overturn the ban on grounds that it was discriminatory.

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