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EU offers blow to Turkey’s membership bid, saying talks ‘successfully at standstill’

EU deals blow to Turkey’s membership bid, saying talks ‘effectively at standstill’


The EU’s govt has stated that Turkey’s lack of ability to take care of democracy and safeguard human rights stay limitations to its membership of the 27-member bloc. Ankara criticized the report as ‘removed from constructive’.

On Tuesday the European Fee launched its annual report on the nation, and in a abstract warned that “accession negotiations have successfully come to a standstill.”

The scathing 115-page “Turkey 2020 Report” was printed on Tuesday amid Ankara’s tense standoff with Greece within the Jap Mediterranean.

“Turkey has continued to maneuver additional away from the European Union with severe backsliding within the areas of democracy, rule of regulation, elementary rights and the independence of the judiciary,” a abstract assertion of the report learn.

The publication outlined severe criticisms of Nato ally Turkey, which started EU membership negotiations in 2005.

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Ankara hit again at Brussels by saying the Fee’s report “displays the EU’s biased, removed from constructive, double-standard method.”

“Our honest want is for the EU to take a look at candidate nation Turkey not by way of the slim and egocentric pursuits of some circles, however somewhat by way of our continent’s bigger and customary pursuits, frequent imaginative and prescient,” the Turkish International Ministry stated in a press release.

In its report, the Fee highlighted its “vital considerations” over Turkey’s crackdown on mayors within the majority-Kurdish south-east of the nation over their alleged membership of the Kurdistan Staff Get together (PKK) militant group.

Brussels stated President Recep Erdoğan’s authorities had “critically broken native democracy” with the transfer, which noticed “forceful dismissals of elected mayors within the south-east and their substitute by government-appointed trustees.”

The EU additionally cited Ankara’s dealing with of the failed army coup 4 years in the past for its deteriorating relations with the nation.

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Amid its criticism, the report did acknowledge Turkey’s function in housing tens of millions of refugees who’ve fled the Syrian Civil Conflict, saying it “continued to offer substantial help to over four million refugees, out of which 3.6 million are Syrian.”

The EU, which is Turkey’s largest overseas investor, lately inspired the nation to interact in dialogue with Cyprus in a bid to ease tensions within the disputed areas of the Jap Mediterranean.

It stated Turkey had “continued unlawful actions” within the space, describing its habits as “provocative and aggressive.” Cyprus had been pushing for sanctions on Turkey if it didn’t stop oil and gasoline drilling within the resource-rich sea.

Chatting with Germany’s Angela Merkel, Erdoğan “acknowledged that the EU had succumbed to strain and blackmail from Greek Cypriots and Greece regardless of Turkey’s well-intentioned method,” the Turkish International Ministry reported in a press release.

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