Why Erdogan is causing a stir, and Turkish-Dutch relations are on the brink

Next month’s referendum to expand Turkish presidential powers has further strained Turkish-Dutch relations, after a public row saw a Turkish minister escorted out of the Netherlands on Sunday.

Turkey said on Monday it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented the minister from speaking at a rally outside the Turkish consulate.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who wants support to extend his powers as head of state, previously accused the Dutch government of acting like "Nazi remnants".

Turkey Correspondent, Jasper Mortimer gives details on the politics between the two states.

In a polarised race the bigger poll wins. So because the opposition isn’t playing ball and giving him the poll that he wants, he sees a contrary poll in the Netherlands and he is using the Dutch as his whipping post.

Jasper Mortimer, Turkey Correspondent

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