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Anti-Turkey Sentiment in Europe during the Referendum Process

In each era, relations with Europe have constituted one of the most significant areas of Turkish foreign policy. The commentary addresses the interventions into Turkish politics, and the manipulations of different factions in Europe during the process of constitutional referendum held in Turkey on April 16, 2017. The commentary presents the lack of respect for reciprocal sovereignty by examining the policies of ultra left, ultra right and center politicians relating to Turkey during the referendum process.

Anti-Turkey Sentiment in Europe during the Referendum Process
A collage of some of the inflammatory tweets posted by a number of European leaders prior to and after the April 16 referendum.

Introduction

Recently, the relationships between Turkey and the European Union (EU), and Turkey and some of the European countries have been affected by a number of serious problems. Some developments before and immediately after the April 16, 2017 referendum in Turkey amplified these problems even more. While some European countries’ attitudes, which implied direct interference in Turkish internal affairs, caused major dismay in Ankara, Turkey’s harsh reactions extended the adversity in Europe against the AK Party and Erdoğan. Some circles in Europe that oppose the constitutional change in Turkey took a stance to prevent this change from taking place and interfered with the ruling party politicians’ propaganda activities for Turkish constituents living in European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands. 

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