Today (6 October), the European Commission has presented its annual Turkey report in the context of its enlargement package.
Sergey Lagodinsky, Chair of the EU-Turkey Delegation of the European Parliament and Member of the Greens/EFA Group, comments:
„In sober words, the Commission report describes the desolate domestic political situation in Turkey. Unfortunately, the situation has deteriorated steadily over the past years: erosion of basic human rights, democracy and the rule of law, with a persistently high number of political prisoners, such as Osman Kavala or Selahattin Demirtaş.
President Erdoğan’s authoritarian course within Turkey is accompanied by his aggressive foreign policy. This course increasingly jeopardises our efforts to maintain a European perspective for Turkey.
The EU and its Member States must exert pressure on Turkey, including economic pressure if necessary, to persuade President Erdoğan and his government to change their course, which is damaging, both domestically and abroad. It is detrimental to the citizens of Turkey, to the country itself and to its international standing.
In its recent Council decisions of 1 October, the EU has again made clear that we have an interest in a positive agenda and constructive cooperation with Turkey. The proposals are on the table. It is up to President Erdoğan to decide what to make of them and whether he really wants to move Turkey forward and bring it closer to the EU again, or whether he continues to pursue his nationalist, authoritarian course.„
Sergey Lagodinsky is available for interviews in Brussels and by telephone / video call.
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