The conflict between Turkey and the Netherlands is driven by politicians in both countries trying to garner votes for their respective upcoming elections. The leaders of both countries have exploited a conflict in an effort to stoke nationalism and patriotism that will bring in votes, writes Ishaan Thorer. After refusing to let Turkish government representatives campaign in Holland, protests by Turkish residents ensued, which played into the hands of both Dutch and Turkish nationalists as well as each country's political candidates as an electoral boost.
Racism is driving the crisis between the Netherlands and Turkey. As xenophobia and Islamophobia are growing throughout Europe, with the main targets being Turks residing in the Netherlands, Germany and elsewhere, it is no surprise that Holland's political decision to bar Turkish ministers from entering the country would result in nationwide protests, writes Ilnur Cevik in Daily Sabah. Another driving force is Europe's jealousy of Turkey rising as a leader at a time when European countries are finding themselves and their values deteriorating.