Turkish FM says rise of fascism dragging EU into ‘holy wars’

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ANTALYA, TURKEY - MARCH 16: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu delivers a speech during an event titled "UNIAK University Youth Meeting" organized by Akdeniz University's Faculty of Law in Antalya, Turkey on March 16, 2017. AFP

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu commented on the results of the Dutch elections, saying the rise of fascism in Europe is dragging the continent into “holy wars” as there is no difference between the mentality of fascist parties and social democrats in the Netherlands.

Speaking to the state-run Anadolu news agency in Antalya on Thursday, Çavuşoğlu underlined that the rise of a far-right ideology in Europe is undermining the union.

When you look at [the election results in the Netherlands] you see there is no difference between the social democrats and the fascist [Geert] Wilders. All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to undermine Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon begin [in Europe]. This course of events shows that,” he said.

With 54 percent of the vote counted, the projected results indicated Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Party for Freedom and Democracy scored a commanding victory, earning 33 out of the Dutch parliament’s 150 seats against the right-wing populist Wilders.

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