Turkish government decides to end European referendum campaign

Turkish minister prohibited from conducting meeting in the Netherlands by the police.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is ending its referendum campaign in Europe reports Turkish daily Haberturk on Wednesday.

The move came after several European countries prohibited members of the Turkish government to organise meetings in Europe to ask for a ‘yes’ vote in the approaching referendum. Relations between Turkey on the one hand and Germany and the Netherlands on the other had seriously deteriorated after some ministers had tried to meet with Turkish citizens abroad despite the home countries’ warnings that they would not allow the meetings to take place.

The AKP’s central executive committee met on Monday to assess the party’s referendum campaign in Europe according to reporting by Volkan Yanardag for Haberturk. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim informed members of the central executive committee that “51 AKP deputies participated in 79 meetings in countries where Turkish citizens will vote in the referendum.”

“Ministers and deputies obtained enough support for the ‘Yes’ campaign abroad. The campaign has been an active one with effective results and there is no need to further strain relations with European countries” said members of the central executive committee and took the decision stop the campaign in Europe.