Diplomatic tensions rise as Norway grants Turkish military officers asylum

On Wednesday 22 March, another dispute erupted between Turkey and Europe, after Norway granted political asylum to five Turkish military officers, who refused to return home after the failed military coup.

The Norwegian ambassador to Turkey was immediately summoned to explain the situation. Four soldiers formerly serving at NATO's educational base and a military attaché, were dismissed from their posts and called back to their homeland after the 15 July coup attempt. The situation comes amid tensions between European countries and Turkey, especially the Netherlands and Germany, over the cancellation of several Turkish campaign rallies in Europe ahead of the controversial constitutional referendum. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to review the relations with the EU while threatening with the suspension of the migration agreement. The EU, which is currently trying to curb migrant flows from Libya, could face the reopening of the Balkan route despite its lowering use, as Turkey currently hosts more than two million potential migrants.

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