|Author (Person)||Alosi, Alessandra|
|Series Details||May 2018|
On 20 May 2018, three days after the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a rally in the Bosnian Sarajevo to drum up support among the Turkish diaspora.
The President addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Sarajevo at his only election rally outside Turkey after other European countries banned such events. He called for expatriate Turks to vote for him and his ruling AK Party in elections next month.
The Bosnian capital was chosen for the event — ahead of Ankara’s presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in June — after European Union states such as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands (home to the largest Turkish diasporas) barred Turkish politicians from electioneering in their countries, stoking tensions between Ankara and Brussels.
In March 2017, ahead of a referendum on expanding presidential powers, Dutch authorities blocked Turkish officials from campaigning in the Netherlands, citing security concerns. Germany also imposed a ban on security grounds.
|Countries / Regions||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey|