Foreign Affairs committee debates Turkey’s EU future

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European Council President Donald Tusk (R) welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to a meeting at the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017.

Foreign Affairs committee debates Turkey’s EU future


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The Foreign Affairs Committee held a debate on their annual resolution on Turkey on June 19, 2017, prior to the committee’s vote 9 am vote on June 20, 2017.

MEP Kati Piri stated that “all the major groups can support the line we have drawn in 25 compromises” in regards to the proposed draft.

Members brought up several issues in Turkey from 2016, including the failed coup of last year, recent press oppression, the rights of minorities and refugees, and independence of the judiciary in Turkey.

Multiple members stated that the constitutional reforms package that has been introduced in the country violates the Copenhagen criteria. Many reiterated that if the package is not changed, then negotiations with Turkey should be suspended.

Some called for taking a stand against Turkey by stating “We have to stop financing Turkey immediately or there will be no progress.”

Another MEP said that business as usual has come to end with our relationship with Turkey. Tomorrow’s vote will show if this is truly the case.

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