>> Turkey's president threatening diplomatic sanctions against the Netherlands Monday, and wading deeper into the country's election battle. Tayyip Erdogan also vowing to take the country to the European Court of Human Rights. That, after the Dutch government banned his ministers from electioneering among the Turkish Dutch population, ahead of an April referendum on expanding his powers.
Now, Erdogan's threats are inflaming tensions just days before a Dutch general election. Geert Wilders, the populist who wants to de-Islamicize the Netherlands, hoping the dispute will boost his chances on Wednesday.>>
> He has also seized on weekend comments by Erdogan, calling Dutch leaders Nazi remnants. On Monday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, tried to defuse the row, but also responded that his country will not negotiate under threat.
>> And we will still try to de-escalate. But, of course, to de-escalate, it needs two to tango.>> A Wilders win would send shock waves through Europe, even though he has little chance of forming a coalition. Other parties refuse to do business with him. But Europe is waiting to see whether the wave of anti-establishment feeling that swept through the United States and Britain is spreading to the European mainland.
Tayyip Erdogan just made himself a key player in the drama.