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Will Turks in Europe bear brunt of Erdogan's outbursts?

While the Netherlands is Turkey's latest target of tough rhetoric, the millions of ethnic Turks in Europe could face a future that is uncertain and more difficult than it already is for them right now.
Demonstrators with banners of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gather outsidethe Turkish consulate to welcome the Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who decided to travel to Rotterdam by land after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's flight was barred from landing by the Dutch government, in Rotterdam, Netherlands March 11, 2017.     REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX30MBC

“They contributed to our 'yes' votes with at least two points. You can be sure of that.” The assertion by ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmaker Huseyin Kocabiyik, during a televised debate sums up the thinking that is driving the row between Turkey and the Netherlands.

On April 16, millions of Turks will go to the polls to vote on a constitutional package of reforms that will concentrate power in the hands of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Opinion polls consistently show that Turkish voters are evenly divided, with around 40% in favor of the changes, 40% against and the remaining 20% undecided.

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