Turkey’s relationship with Europe has weakened during the weekend after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish president, blamed the Dutch government of being Nazi and Turkish politicians were banned from a political event in the Netherlands.
While this month German officials have been criticized for forbidding Turkish campaigns to vote yes to the referendum which would expand Erdogan’s powers, the Dutch government impeded the landing of the Turkish foreign minister and escorted the Turkish family minister out of the country.
The government of Netherlands, which has generally considered an open approach to face different attitudes, is in the middle of an assertive election campaign that has immigration as the primary issue.
Elsewhere in Europe, countries such as Denmark, Sweden, France, Switzerland or Austria have backed the decision taken by the Dutch government and made it clear that Erdogan’s campaign is unwelcome there.
Republican Donald Trump has shocked the United States and the whole world by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the United States presidential election last Tuesday. With the massive support of white Americans unhappy with the political and economic elites of the country, Trump broke the probe’s forecasts and achieved a victory that pushes his country into the unknown.
He has obtained 289 delegates (19 more than needed), versus the 218 that Hillary Clinton has achieved. Trump has taken away the rural vote while Clinton the one of the great urban nuclei. In addition, Republicans maintain the control of the Congress and the Senate, which will make it easy for Trump to govern.
The elected president, who will swear office in January 20, praised Clinton and said in his victory speech in New Yorkt that it is time to heal the country’s divisions. The current president, Barack Obama, has already called on Trump to congratulate him and invite him to the White House on Thursday to begin the transition into office. Hillary Clinton, however, did not give the traditional speech of defeat, and congratulated Trump with a phone call.
The world was hoping to see the first woman in the US presidency after having an African-American president. But the unexpected happened. The arrival of Donald Trump to the White House may definitely mean a break with some democratic traditions of the USA, such as respect for minorities. The victory of the Republican candidate leaves a fractured and frightened society, which he has promised to start rebuilding. And, as for international relations, with Donald Trump as the most powerful man in the world, the least we can say is that the world has entered a period of ever greater uncertainty.