MEPs adopted on Wednesday a report warning that the relations between Turkey and the European Union had been at a “historic low level.”
The textual content was handed with 480 votes in favour, 64 in opposition to and 150 abstentions.
Rapporteur Nacho Sánchez Amor mentioned the report was “in all probability the hardest but in its criticism of the state of affairs in Turkey”.
MEPs mentioned Turkey had distanced itself from European values and continued backsliding within the discipline of rule of legislation. They blamed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his authoritarian strikes. The final two years noticed an unprecedented crackdown on opposition and on media, in keeping with the report.
Regardless of spiralling tensions, Turkey has been a candidate nation to the EU for greater than 15 years. However the European Parliament say accession negotiations needs to be formally suspended if Turkey doesn’t change course.
“As a result of the accession course of will not be driving democratic reforms, the European Parliament is dedicated to incorporate democratic conditionality in each facet of our relationship”, mentioned Sánchez Amor.
Turkey is a key associate for the EU, with safety and migration as the primary areas of cooperation. On this context, even when extra voices help an instantaneous suspension of Turkey’s candidacy, some MEPs agree on giving Ankara one other likelihood for talks.
“Turkey can’t be a member of the European Union”, mentioned EPP chief Manfred Webber. As a substitute, he demanded “a particular manner of partnership of excellent neighbourhood”.
Webber emphasised that Turkey and the EU “want one another”. This opinion is shared by the Fee and the Council, that are additionally keen to extend cooperation with Ankara.