Erdogan made Europe change the law, is a new crisis at the door?

During its 20-year rule, the AK Party has experienced unprecedented diplomatic crises.

It’s not something to be proud of, even if they don’t see it that way.

The threat of declaring more than 10 diplomats persona non grata is one of them.

The diplomatic disgrace with Germany and the Netherlands in the 2017 constitutional amendment referendum is another example.

Let’s remember. I am already angry at the indifference of Europe to the 2016 coup attempt. Recep Tayyip Erdogan there is. Relations are strained. The German public is writing about the state of emergency and human rights violations in Turkey after the coup d’etat. A constitutional amendment referendum will be held that will lead Turkey to a regime change. In this environment, the AKP members’ campaigning in Germany disturbs the public.

To make an analogy; For example, the times have changed, there will be elections in Syria and it is responsible for the deaths of many civilians in the country. beshar Esad‘s ministers are holding rallies in Hatay and Istanbul. In the neighboring neighborhood, opponents of Assad are shouting. The two sides can collide at any time. Would we be watching these rallies sweetly from afar? Would we have matured the potential tension as a necessity of democracy? This is not an unlikely scenario, although it may seem remote at the moment.

Erdogan’s order to enter the Netherlands from the border

Let’s go back to 2017. There are also elections in the Netherlands. far-right anti-foreign and anti-immigrant wilders on the rise. Seeing what was going on in Germany, the Dutch government thought that the AKP supporters’ campaigning and the Turks’ taking to the streets in this environment would strengthen Wilders’ hand. He did not want AKP officials to come. I’m not sure how diplomatically he handled the process. However, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglucanceled the flight permit of his plane. The Minister of Family, who was in Germany at the time for a meeting on the problems of Turkish families Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya He also urges everyone he encounters to vote yes in the referendum. It will travel from Germany to the Netherlands.

When Çavuşoğlu’s flight was cancelled, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered Kaya to go by land.

Imagine, for example, you say to a Syrian minister, “I don’t want to come”; he also crosses the border by car and enters. Do not completely disregard the sovereignty of another country. What would we think if it was done in Turkey?

It will be remembered that when the Dutch government became aware of the situation, they stopped the minister’s car near the Rotterdam consulate, and a series of diplomatic disgraces followed. A minister of the Republic of Turkey was kept in the car for hours; Turkish diplomats representing the state were expelled, and there was only one reason for this, and that was Erdogan’s desire to cause a crisis and to gather votes from both Europe and the inside through his opposition to the West.

Minister Kaya was declared ‘person to be wanted’ in the Netherlands and deported

I have no doubt that he rubbed his hands in delight throughout the entire crisis. Turks from Germany flowed into the Netherlands. Turks protested. He clashed with the police.

If you ask me, with this attitude, Erdogan has dealt an additional blow to the peace and security of the Turkish society in Europe, who are already discriminated against and who are looked at as soon as possible.

Note from Germany, law change from the Netherlands

In the end, Germany gave a note to Turkey and stated that it did not want any Turkish official to make election propaganda shortly before the elections.

It wasn’t enough though. Both Germany and the Netherlands passed a law and prohibited the politicians of non-EU countries from making election propaganda in their countries three months before the elections. He also linked the visits to the campaign, which will be made three months in advance, to conditional leave, just like the public safety criterion.

As the election date got closer, I was waiting to see if there would be a crisis this time. We didn’t have to wait long.

AKP Nevşehir deputy Mustafa AçıkgözUpon ‘s speech in Germany, Turkey’s Ambassador to Berlin was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “We have made it clear that foreign election campaign organizations must first be approved by us,” the statement said.

AKP Nevşehir Deputy Mustafa Açıkgöz

As of now, those who want to carry out election work have to get permission whether they are from AKP or CHP. As soon as the election date is determined, the three-month ban will begin. For example, if the elections take place on May 14, the bans will begin in mid-February. Time is running short. Every vote is precious for Erdogan.

Will Erdogan go to Germany?

Meanwhile, German Deutche Welle wrote that the President will go first to Poland and then to Germany at the end of January. Starting with Poland and continuing with Germany is not a bad idea. Thus, the message will be given, not the election, but the war of Ukraine. But Erdogan will have given a photo with the German leader shortly before the elections.

German authorities have not confirmed Erdogan’s visit until yesterday.

There will be news in the German press that Erdogan will leave, but the Germans will not confirm it. I think, although they did not want this visit at all, they probably gave the green light and they are negotiating its content so that it does not turn into election propaganda.

Who is Barchin Yinanc?

Barçın Yinanç was born in 1968, graduated from METU, Department of International Relations. He worked as a diplomacy reporter for more than 10 years at Milliyet Ankara Office, which he started as an intern in 1990. Then he switched to television journalism and worked first at TV8 and then at CNN Türk Ankara Bureau.

In addition to Turkey-USA, Turkey-EU relations, he followed the developments in Turkish foreign policy in a wide geography from the Caucasus to the Middle East. He held interviews with many foreign government officials, covered the summits of international organizations such as the UN, NATO and the EU and the behind-the-scenes developments.

He settled in Istanbul in 2004, started working at Hürriyet Daily News (HDN), which is published in English, after CNN Türk and Reference newspaper. He held various positions as news coordinator, comment page editor; Beginning in 2010, he conducted the newspaper’s Monday interviews for ten years. During this time he continued to write foreign policy analyzes.

He attends the meetings of many international think tanks as a speaker, facilitator, and comments on the publications of foreign publications. Yinanç is a member of the Association of Diplomacy Correspondents, the Ski Club of International Journalist, and the Women in Foreign Policy platform, which prepares the podcast series “AttmaHaber”.

Last post; Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Turkey and Women in Diplomacy: How to Integrate the WPS Agenda in Turkish Foreign Policy is titled).

Barçın Yinanç, who has been writing on T24 since December 2020, is doing the show “Impressed with Foreign Policy” with Metin Kaan Kurtuluş every week on the T24 screen.