A suspicious package found earlier today at the German Finance Ministry in Berlin on Wednesday contained explosives, police said, adding that the item was found in an area where mail is processed Reuters reports.
On Wednesday a large number of Twitter accounts including news agencies, and policial entities were hacked by a pro-Turkish group and posted content supporting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his feud with Europe, with hashtags in Turkish reading “NaziGermany” and “NaziHolland.”
The European Union is falling apart, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday amid collapsing ties with the European bloc over a row over Turkish rallies in the Netherlands and Germany. "The European Union is falling apart" he said, adding that the "future of Europe will not be pleasant at all."
The most troubling development from the latest diplomatic spat between Turkey and Europe, and one which has the potential to sway the outcome of the Dutch election which will be held in less than two days, is that in the final power play aimed towards Merkel, Turkey's deputy prime minister Kurtulmus exclaimed that since "Europe has not kept its promises on the migrant deal, for us that agreement has ended."
"...the US Shale revolution will accelerate the breakdown of the global order as we know it, reshaping global geopolitics, leading to three major conflicts - Russia vs. Europe, Iran vs. Saudi Arabia & an Asian Tanker War"
The tit-for-tat aggression continues to escalate between Turkey and Holland with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus exclaiming from Ankara that "Europe's politicians are under fascist, neo-nazi influence" and in response, Turkey will suspend all high-level diplomatic meetings and cancels all flight permissions for Dutch politicians.
With less than 48 hours until polling begins in the first major European election of the year, Bloomberg reports that snap polls show support for the anti-Islam, euroskeptic Freedom Party of populist Geert Wilders being re-energized after the last few days chaotic events surrounding Turkey.
The Turkish cabinet was on Monday expected to consider imposing sanctions on the Netherlands in a deepening row with its NATO ally over a ban on its ministers speaking at political events in Rotterdam, and one minister said punitive measures were likely.
European bourses advance and Asian share rose led by a surge in Hong Kong stocks which rose the most in three months as Japan hit 15 month highs. U.S. futures are little changed along while the dollar rebounded from session lows after Friday's selloff. Crude oil has continued its retreat, down 0.2% and sliding for a 6th straight day after breifly dropping below $48 in overnight trading.
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that his country will retaliate in the "harshest ways" to Dutch moves to bar the flight of the Turkish foreign minister and prevent the family minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, while Dutch PM Mark Rutte slammed Erdogan: "This is a man who yesterday made us out for fascists and a country of Nazis. I’m going to de-escalate, but not by offering apologies. Are you nuts?" he told a morning talk show.