Tur­key back­slides on road to EU mem­ber­ship

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

The Euro­pean Union voiced grave con­cern about Tur­key’s crack­down on op­po­nents since a failed July coup in a highly crit­i­cal re­port yes­ter­day.

The re­port made clear that Ankara’s prospects of join­ing the bloc have be­come ever more dis­tant.

Tur­key had rolled back the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary, free­dom of ex­pres­sion and other fun­da­men­tal demo­cratic stan­dards since the coup at­tempt, the EU said in its most hard-hit­ting an­nual re­port on the coun­try’s long-run­ning mem­ber­ship bid.

“The coup at­tempt of July 15 was an at­tack on democ­racy per se. Given the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, a swift re­ac­tion to the threat was le­git­i­mate,” the EU’s top en­large­ment of­fi­cial, Jo­hannes Hahn, said.

“Tur­key as a can­di­date coun­try must ful­fil the high­est stan­dards in the field of the rule of law and fun­da­men­tal rights. In this year’s re­port we there­fore stress Tur­key’s back­slid­ing in the area of rule of law and fun­da­men­tal rights.”

The re­port risks fur­ther dam­ag­ing the EU’s re­la­tions with a coun­try it is re­ly­ing on to re­strict the flow of mi­grants and refugees from Syria and else­where.

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