Turkish constitutional referendum 2017

Turks in Europe head to polls in referendum on Erdogan's powers

Turkish voters living in Europe were heading to polling stations on Monday to cast their ballots in a referendum calling for expanded powers for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while simultaneously weakening that country's parliament.

Bulgarian police remove border barricade blocking Turkish voters

Bulgarian police on Friday removed barricades that nationalists placed at border crossings with Turkey promising to stop Turks with dual citizenship and what they call "tourism voting" in snap parliamentary elections at the weekend.

Erdogan: If you call me dictator, I will call you Nazis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pledged to keep up his tough rhetoric on Europe, despite calls from EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to tone down the insults.

Erdogan accuses Bulgaria of pressuring ethnic Turks ahead of vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Bulgaria of putting pressure on its ethnic Turks ahead of this weekend's Bulgarian elections, as relations between Ankara and European nations show no signs of improving.

Erdogan threatens Europeans, hits back over detention of journalists

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europeans that they may not be safe if Europe's current approach to his country continues, in his latest salvo in a heated row between the two sides.

Swiss cancel Turkish nationalist event for security reasons

Swiss police on Friday cancelled a planned concert by a Turkish nationalist group, citing security reasons after Swiss radical leftists had announced a protest against the event.

Erdogan calls on Turks in Europe to show pride and have more children

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on people with Turkish origins living in Europe to have five children, as a row with European leaders shows no signs of abating.

Turkey blocks NATO work with partner countries amid EU accession row

The divisions between Turkey and other European countries have spilled over into NATO, complicating operations there, official Austrian sources confirmed Wednesday in Vienna.

Istanbul dumps Rotterdam as its twin city amid row with the Dutch

Istanbul's city council cancelled its partnership with the Dutch city of Rotterdam, amid a dispute over campaign rallies by Turkish ministers in the Netherlands.

Erdogan to Merkel: 'You support terrorists'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lent support to terrorists, charged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday, in his latest tirade against a European leader.

NATO and EU call on Turkey to cut the harsh rhetoric in rally row

NATO and the European Union urged Ankara on Monday to tone down its angry rhetoric over the cancellation of Turkish campaign rallies in the Netherlands and Germany.

Six detained in pro-Turkey demonstration in Amsterdam

Six people were detained at a pro-Turkey protest in Amsterdam that turned violent, Dutch police said Monday.

Erdogan decries 'banana republic' Netherlands after rally ban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cranked up his fiery condemnation of the Dutch government on Sunday, calling for sanctions against the Netherlands, the behaviour of which he said was evocative of a "banana republic."

Council of Europe chief calls for dialogue over Turkish rallies

The secretary general of the Council of Europe calls for "constructive dialogue" on the holding of electoral rallies for Turkish citizens in other European countries.

Fillon: France failed to show European solidarity on Cavusoglu rally

The French government has failed in its duty of solidarity with its European partners by letting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu address a rally on its soil, the right-wing candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, says.

Turkey renews threats to Dutch government after minister's expulsion

The Turkish government demanded an apology and threatened to retaliate against the Dutch government on Sunday after its expulsion of Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya prompted a violent protest and several arrests in Rotterdam.

Turkey's Cavusoglu takes stage at French rally as right objects

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu takes the stage at a rally of Turkish citizens in the French city of Metz, a day after his plane was refused landing rights in the Netherlands.

Turkish minister returns home after Dutch expulsion prompts protest

Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya returned to Turkey on Sunday after her expulsion from the Netherlands prompted a violent protest in Rotterdam.

Turkish foreign minister in France after Netherlands row

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was Sunday afternoon due to address a meeting in the French city of Metz, amid a bitter diplomatic dispute between Ankara and three other European countries over Turkish officials carrying out political campaigning abroad.

Turkey promises 'strong countermeasures' after Dutch snub

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed there would be "strong countermeasures" after the country's family minister was stopped outside her country's consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday and later escorted out of the Netherlands.

Dutch police clear street near Turkish consulate in Rotterdam

Dutch police moved in to clear a street near the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam late Saturday after hours of protests, Netherlands broadcaster NOS reported.

Turkish minister blocked in the Netherlands, Dutch dubbed "fascists"

A row between Turkey and the Netherlands escalated Saturday as a Turkish minister was prevented from entering her country's embassy in Rotterdam, the foreign minister's landing rights were revoked and Turkey's president dubbed the Dutch "fascists."

Turkey closes off Dutch embassy in Ankara

Turkey has closed off the entrance to the Dutch embassy in Ankara, citing security concerns, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

Report: Turkish foreign minister due in France after Netherlands ban

Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Cavusoglu is due to address a rally in France on Sunday, news agency Agence France-Presse reported, after a ban on his plane landing in the Netherlands Saturday drew an angry reaction from Ankara.

Erdogan calls the Dutch 'Nazi remnants' for barring top envoy's rally

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Dutch government "Nazi remnants" on Saturday after the Netherlands revoked the landing rights for his foreign minister's plane.

Erdogan: Parliament will debate death penalty after referendum

A measure on reintroducing the death penalty in Turkey will be sent to parliament right after a 'yes' outcome in the upcoming referendum, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, addressing a campaign rally, according to state-run news agency Anadolu.

Turkish foreign minister denied landing rights by the Netherlands

The Dutch government denied landing rights to Turkey's top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday, shortly after the minister threatened sanctions against the Netherlands should he be blocked from entering the country to stage a rally.

Turkish minister warns of sanctions in Netherlands campaign dispute

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu on Saturday threatened to impose sanctions on the Netherlands if the country prevented him from entering the country for a campaign rally in Rotterdam in support of constitutional reform.

Turkish minister accuses Germany, others of 'crimes against humanity'

Germany, the Netherlands and Austria are committing "crimes against humanity," a top Turkish minister said Friday, further stoking a row between Turkey and Europe over Ankara's attempts to take its referendum campaign to the continent.

Zurich hotel latest to cancel event with Turkish foreign minister

The Hilton Zurich Airport hotel has become the latest venue to cancel an apparent referendum campaign event with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, a manager confirmed Thursday, citing safety concerns.

Turkish law prohibits campaigning abroad - as row with Europe deepens

Turkish law prohibits election campaigning outside the country. Despite this, the Turkish government has become deeply enmeshed in a battle with European countries, especially Germany, over bans on rallies in several towns.

Merkel: German-Turkish relationship to remain close despite disputes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that German-Turkish relations will remain close despite current "deep and serious differences of opinion."

Dutch populist Wilders protests planned visit by Turkish FM

Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders on Wednesday protested a planned referendum campaign appearance in the Netherlands by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Germany hits back at Turkey as foreign minister makes Nazi comparison

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble stepped up Berlin's criticism of Ankara on Tuesday after Turkey's chief diplomat drew on Germany's Nazi past to again attack the country.

Austria plans legal amendment to ban Turkish campaigning on its soil

Austria is drafting a legal amendment to stop foreign politicians from campaigning in the country, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Tuesday.

Cavusoglu's Germany speech to go ahead despite venue cancellation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu plans to go ahead with a campaign speech in support of constitutional reform on Tuesday, a spokesman said Tuesday, despite a Hamburg venue cancelling a planned event, citing fire safety concerns.

Hamburg cites fire safety rules in cancelling Turkish political rally

Hamburg called off a Turkish campaign rally set for Tuesday due to fire safety concerns at the venue, the latest in a string of cancellations in Germany that have outraged Ankara.

What Erdogan has said about Germany

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused Germany of "Nazi practices."

Austria, Netherlands back Germany in Turkish campaigning dispute

Austria and the Netherlands on Monday backed Germany in its latest diplomatic spat with Turkey, saying their governments would follow suit in preventing campaign appearances by Turkish politicians in support of constitutional reform.

Erdogan compares Germany to Nazis in row over banned campaign events

A series of cancelled campaign rallies planned by Turkish politicians on German soil has incurred the wrath of Ankara, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing Germany on Sunday of "Nazi practices."

Austrian chancellor: Ban campaigning by Turkish politicians in EU

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has called for an EU-wide ban on election campaign appearances by Turkish politicians, in the Sunday edition of German newspaper Die Welt.

After two cancellations, Turkish minister to attend rally in Germany

Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci plans to attend a rally in a Cologne hotel on Sunday to drum up support among expatriate Turks for a referendum that aims to make controversial changes to the Turkish constitution.

Turkish foreign minister vows to visit despite Netherlands rally ban

After the Netherlands banned a planned rally in Rotterdam next week which aimed to garner support for a Turkish referendum on expanding the powers of the presidency, Turkey's foreign minister vowed Saturday to meet citizens anyway.

The Netherlands ban rally by Turkey's foreign minister

The Netherlands have banned a planned rally in Rotterdam next week meant to mobilize support among Turks there for a referendum on constitutional changes at home.

Merkel defends German policies amid Turkish ire at blocked rally stop

A pair of small German towns have become the latest flashpoints in worsening diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Berlin, as Chancellor Angela Merkel defended decisions to cancel a rally backing political changes in Turkey.

Bomb threat over in German town that cancelled Turkish rally

German police gave the all-clear Friday after a bomb threat against a town hall in the small south-western town of Gaggenau, which has become the latest flashpoint in worsening diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Berlin.

Turkish foreign minister warns Germany of 'consequences' amid row

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned the German government of "consequences" as a row between the nations worsens over campaign rallies in Germany by Turkish government officials.

Ban on Turkey referendum rally in Germany sparks minister's anger

 The southern German town of Gaggenau on Thursday banned Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag from attending a campaign rally in support a controversial referendum to boost the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan minister in Germany to lobby Turks on constitutional reform

Turkey's justice minister will address Turkish expatriates in Germany on Thursday in a campaign for constitutional reform in his country that would expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Minister: Erdogan not welcome in Austria for referendum campaign

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should not come to Austria to campaign to Turkish citizens living there ahead of a constitutional reform referendum in his country, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Monday.

Turkish ruling party launches campaign for constitutional changes

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Saturday formally launched its campaign for the upcoming referendum on core constitutional changes set to empower the presidency, with a mass rally at a sports arena in Ankara.

Turkey's Erdogan to bring constitutional reform campaign to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to bring a campaign for constitutional reform to Turks living in the European Union, his premier told journalists in Munich on Sunday.