Aus­tria urges EU to get tough on Turkey

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Aus­tria’s for­eign min­is­ter said yes­ter­day the EU should change its stance on Turkey fol­low­ing the re­cent crack­down and stop the flow of bil­lions of eu­ros in aid if Ankara fails to stick to its mi­grants deal with the bloc. Se­bas­tian Kurz told Oe1 ra­dio that Turkey must “top the agenda” of a meet­ing of Eu­ro­pean Union for­eign min­is­ters next Mon­day that should agree a “dif­fer­ent EU pol­icy”. “Over re­cent years Turkey has moved fur­ther and fur­ther away from the EU, but our pol­icy has re­mained the same. That can’t work. What we need are clear con­se­quences,” Kurz said. “In Turkey, op­po­si­tion fig­ures are be­ing ar­rested, jour­nal­ists are be­ing per­se­cuted, of­fi­cials are be­ing fired if they think dif­fer­ently and the re­turn of the death penalty is be­ing talked about.” Un­der the EU’s deal with Turkey in force since March, the EU has promised an ac­cel­er­a­tion of ac­ces­sion talks, visa lib­er­al­i­sa­tion and three bil­lion eu­ros ($3.3 bil­lion) in re­turn for tak­ing back mi­grants who make it to Greece.

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