Relations between Turkey and Europe deteriorate after disputes with the Netherlands

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.

Richest eight people are as wealthy as half of world’s population

A new report by Oxfam, published at the beginning of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, states that the world’s richest eight people own the same fortune as the poorest half of the population. It alerts that this dangerous tendency of wealth concentration is critically expanding.

This group of billionaires is headed by the Microsoft founder Bill Gates, followed by Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim Helú, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg. Their fortune is worth $426bn, which means the total wealth of 3.6 billion people around the world.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has also affirmed that growing inequality supposes one of the biggest dangers for the global economy in the near future. Oxfam emphasizes the need for urgent change to guarantee effective economic systems which benefit whole societies, not just privileged ones.