Turkey responded harshly to the Dutch Lower House after its recognition of the Turkish mass murder of Armenians in 1915 as a genocide on Thursday 22. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara released a statement where he pointed out that the Chambers's step is inappropriate for a country "that looked the other way during the genocide in Srebrenica".
Talks on improving the relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey have failed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday. The Netherlands officially withdrew its ambassador in Ankara.
Saban B., a sex trafficker sentenced to 8 years in prison by a Dutch court, is now running call centers from Turkey which sell dishonest energy contracts to Germans, according to reporters for German newspaper Der Spiegel. People who buy contracts through the call center, have to pay more money than agreed to over the phone, among other things.
The body of Joey Hoffmann will soon return to the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the Turkish police said to the Telegraaf. A DNA test confirmed that the body is indeed that of the missing Haaksbergen man, though the cause of his death is still unclear.
"The DNA test report arrived on Monday", the spokesperson said to the newspaper. "It will still take several weeks for the cause of death to be determined."
With Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming a narrow victory in a referendum designed to give his office more power, several politicians in the Netherlands expressed disdain for the vote results. Erdogan opponents in Turkey questioned the veracity of the vote count, with Turkish state media claiming that 70 percent of Turkish passport holders in the Netherlands voting to give Erdogan greater authority.
The Turkish government hired lawyers to investigate supporters of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in the Netherlands. The lawyers claim they will be able to prove before the end of the year that the so-called Gulen-movement is a "mafia-like" organization in the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reports based on an interview with one of the lawyers.
Former Dutch European Parliamentarian Joost Langendijk (GroenLinks) was arrested upon landing at Istanbul airport on Sunday and is currently on a flight back to Amsterdam. The Turkish authorities refused to allow him into his hometown of Istanbul, the Volkskrant reports after a telephone conversation with Langendijk.
Five senior staff members of the Turkish Embassy in The Hague were fired recently, Dutch newspaper AD reports after talking to temporary head of the embassy Kurtulus Aykan. According to him, the orders to fire them came from the government in Ankara.
Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought in for questioning by Turkey's terrorism police Tuesday to determine if she is spreading "propaganda for terrorist organization," she said on Twitter. Her house was searched by an eight person terrorism squad.