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Turkey's relations with the European Union have become particularly strained after two member states canceled planned campaign rallies on their territory by Turkish ministers ahead of an April 16 referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers.

"If you continue to behave like this, tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully", Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara.

In Turkey, an official with Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party said it would still carry out some "referendum propaganda activities" in Europe this week, but would focus its efforts domestically within Turkey beginning next week.

This will be the case "if they keep up their current attitude", Erdogan told an event for local journalists in Ankara on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

After explicitly saying such campaign appearances were not welcome, The Netherlands simply refused to allow Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's plane landing rights and expelled another envoy who had travelled in by road.

He said Russian Federation could influence a federal election in Germany on September 24: "We must at least expect that it can happen".

He added: "We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy".

In an interview with Der Spiegel published on Saturday, Bruno Kahl said Ankara had repeatedly tried to convince Berlin that Gulen was behind the coup "but they have not succeeded".

Berlin recognized the economic progress Turkey has made in the last 20 years and condemned last year's attempted coup against Erdogan's government, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in his first speech since taking the largely ceremonial office.

Erdogan warned Europe that Turkey was "not a country to push, to prod, to play with its honour, to shove its ministers out of the door, drag its citizens on the floor".

Yucel, a correspondent for Germany's Die Welt newspaper, was arrested after his report about a hacker attack on the email account of the Turkish energy minister, who is Erdogan's son-in-law.

The April 16 plebiscite is aimed at abolishing the office of the prime minister and giving more executive powers, including issuing decrees, declaring emergency rule, appointing ministers and state officials and dissolving the parliament, to the now largely ceremonial position of president.

Germany, which has banned rallies on security grounds, has been angered by the Nazi comparisons and Merkel has demanded that Ankara halt the rhetoric.

Berlin has said it has not received a formal request for a visit by Erdogan.


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