EU calls on Turkey to save democracy, steps up criticism
The European Union issued a strong new call on Turkey yesterday to resume political dialogue with opposition groups and safeguard its democracy, describing recent developments as “extremely worrying”.
The statement was issued a day before an annual EU assessment of Turkey’s progress on meeting criteria for EU accession.
It noted discussion in Ankara of reintroducing the death penalty following July’s failed military coup, a crackdown on the media and the arrests last week of Kurdish lawmakers.
“The EU and its member states ... call on Turkey to safeguard its Parliamentary democracy, including the respect for human rights, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and the right of everyone to a fair trial, also in conformity with its commitments as a candidate country (for EU membership),” read the statement issued by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
“In this regard, the EU and its member states will continue to follow and assess the situation very closely and they stand ready to continue political dialogue with Turkey at all levels.”