The causes and consequences of the conflict between Turkey and the Netherlands

March 14th 2017 - 16:55

The closer we get to the Turkish referendum on expanding the powers of the head of state to be held on April 16, it the more difficult relations between some EU countries and Turkey appear to become. Another indication of this was the deterioration of relations between the Netherlands and Ankara.

What was the reason for the ban on the entry of the two Turkish ministers and what is the impact on the Dutch parliamentary elections? Ukrainian newspaper 'Day' spoke about the matter with Sijbren de Jong. The full article (in Ukrainian) can be read here.

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Sijbren de Jong is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS and lecturer in Geo-Economics at Leiden University, The Hague. He has a PhD in EU external energy security relations from the University of Leuven and holds degrees in Economic Geography (MSc) from the University of Groningen and Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (MA) from the University of Leuven. His geographical areas of expertise include Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region; Central and Eastern Europe; and the Western Balkans.