Tiff between the Netherlands and Turkey

Turkey and the Netherlands are having a tiff. The government of the Netherlands refused to let a Turkish government official’s plane land in their country. The official was going to the Netherlands to take part in a rally. The rally was to persuade the Turkish community living there to vote for some Turkish constitution changes next month. The constitution changes will give the Turkish president more powers. The president of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdogan (image). However, the government of the Netherlands did not want the rally on its soil, and refused to let the official’s plane land. In response, Erdogan said some not-very-nice things about the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, parliamentary elections were recently held in the Netherlands. The current Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s (image) political party won the most votes, which puts him in a position to continue being the prime minister for another term. However, his political party didn’t win enough votes which are needed to govern. He will have to work with some of the other political parties to form a government.


The Netherlands often causes confusion with its various names. It is often called Holland, which is a part of the Netherlands, but is sometimes used to refer to the country as well. The people of the Netherlands are called by a name that doesn’t resemble the name of the country at all – the Dutch. When you think about the Netherlands, some words that pop up are tulips, windmills, canals, wooden shoes, cheese, cyclists, and the painter Vincent van Gogh.

Here is a video about the tiff.


Did you know?

Some Turkish folks squeezed oranges while protesting against the Netherlands. This is because the color “orange” is associated with the Dutch Royal family.

Image Credits: https://www.government.nl for Rutte’s image, https://www.tccb.gov.tr for Erdogan’s image, http://www.holland.com for the tulip field’s image
Sources: http://www.euronews.com, New York Times, BBC, https://www.government.nl, http://www.holland.com