Erdogan says Dutch PM Rutte Lost Turkey's Friendship

Erdogan says Dutch PM Rutte Lost Turkey's Friendship

"You have to keep in mind that you can't design a game in this region in spite of Turkey", Soylu said in a speech Thursday.

Turkey hosts more than three million refugees, making it the country with the largest refugee population, according to the European Commission. One minister was escorted out to the country, while the other was denied permission to land.

On Thursday, Erdogan reiterated angry criticism of the ban. "Soon wars of religion may and will start in Europe", said Cavusoglu.

"Now they're talking about the readmission agreement".

A key pillar of the deal were pledges by Turkey to boost border security and break people-smuggling networks, moves that analysts say slowed the migrant flow to a trickle. The agreement, which was initially reached in 2013, was revived a year ago, when Turkey agreed to help keep migrants from crossing into the European Union in return for funds to help it deal with some 3 million refugees. But after that you'd expect us to do this [re-admit migrants]. "There can be no such thing", he added.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has already indicated that Turkey could rip up the deal and said Turkey was no longer readmitting migrants who crossed into Greece.

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Continuing: "This is our internal issue". Separately, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (CDU) criticized Turkey on the same day and warned such stance could damage bilateral economic ties. "All of this is under our hands", said Turkey's top diplomat during a televised interview.

Turkish president accused a European Court of Justice ruling, which allows employers to ban employees from wearing the Islamic headscarf, of starting a struggle between Christian "cross" and "crescent" of Islamic world, local media reported.

"What happened to your freedom to faith and religion", Erdogan said.

"They (EU) have to decide if a Muslim country will be a full member of the union". There can be no other explanation.

Over the past fortnight, the row has escalated, with Erdogan repeatedly accusing Dutch and German politicians of acting like "Nazis" and claiming the "spirit of fascism" is rampant in Europe.

The EU Commission has that it expects Turkey to comply with its commitments under the accord.

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