President Erdoğan has filed a criminal complaint with Turkish authorities against prominent Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders saying that he had insulted him on social media. "Even though the crime was committed directly against the person in the presidential seat, the value that is being violated is the state's political government structure," Erdoğan's lawyers said.
European politicians have said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's comments on French President Emmanuel Macron are “unacceptable” and they mark "a new low point" for Ankara. Erdoğan said on Oct. 24 Macron had a problem with Muslims and needed checks on his mental health – a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara.
Northern Cyprus will be maintaining a requirement for travelers from Turkey to get tested both before their departure, and upon their arrival. Northern Cyprus placed Turkey in a medium-risk group along with Italy, Spain and France.
The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has called on citizens of Turkish descent not to visit Turkey unless it is "mandatory," saying holidays or family visits are not essential. "Going to a country on the orange list is irresponsible and is an anti-social behavior," Nieuwenhuizen said. Netherlands’ coronavirus travel advice for Turkey currently stands at ‘orange’: travel only if absolutely essential.
Turkey has carried out the largest anti-narcotics operation in its history, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on June 30, adding that it was conducted in cooperation with nine countries. "Traffic worth 500 million liras was prevented. It was the biggest operation in Turkey's history in terms of preventing income from drugs and crime," Soylu said.
Prime Minister of the Netherlands said that travelers returning from Turkey would be placed under quarantine for 15 days, and urged citizens to avoid traveling to the country if possible. Turkey remains on an "orange list" of countries to be avoided if possible, potentially hurting an otherwise frugal touristic relationship between the states.
The Dutch government is preparing to introduce compulsory integration tests for Turkish immigrants as of May 1. Experts foresee that it will be quite difficult for people living in Turkey's Anatolian provinces to follow the language and integration courses held in the Dutch embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul, as a result of which there will be a dramatic fall in the number of Turkish nationals arriving in the Netherlands.
Over 2 tons and 384 kilos of heroin were seized by Turkey's narcotic police and its Dutch counterpart in an international operation carried out in five countries, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told CNN Türk on March 4.
Turkey has exempted citizens of 11 European countries from tourist visas for visits under 90 days and no more often than once every 180 days. The exemption will be applicable for tourist travel and transit passage.
Turkish Artist Serkan Bayer had his invitation to a Modern Turkish Art Exhibition revoked at the last minute because the Independent Art Foundation found his works that they had approved to be "obscene." "Where we see the purest state of existence, the administrators of Independent Art Foundation saw vaginas," Bayer said, adding that he had never been censored this way in his 20 years as an artist.