European leaders will have to confront the movement against the established elite

The spat between the Dutch and Turkish governments over the barring of Turkish ministers from speaking to rallies in the Netherlands to Turkish émigrés has nothing to do with the forthcoming Dutch election this Wednesday – and everything to do with the Turkish referendum next month on, among other things, strengthening the powers of President Erdoğan. Nevertheless it should remind us all of the importance of a stable and prosperous Turkey to a stable and prosperous Europe. This is not just a Dutch matter, nor indeed just an EU matter, for Turkish politicians have also been barred from Switzerland.

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