Turkish officials participating in events in Europe, but not campaigning: deputy PM

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 22, 2017 3:34 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish government officials are still participating in events for expatriate Turks across Europe, but they are not campaigning for an April 16 referendum, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Wednesday.

At a roundtable with journalists, Kurtulmus said a row with European countries over the barring of Turkish ministers from addressing rallies had helped Turks in Europe better understand the constitutional changes proposed in the referendum.

Kurtulmus said the "footsteps of neo-Nazism and extreme racism" were being heard in Europe. European leaders have made repeated calls for Turkish officials to avoid Nazi comparisons after President Tayyip Erdogan likened Germany's ban on several rallies to the Nazi era.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Nick Tattersall)