Saturday, May 13, 2017

Why the EU should terminate accession negotiations with Turkey

European Neighbourhood Watch newsletter April 2017

CEPS Commentary: Why the EU should terminate accession negotiations with Turkey

In this Commentary, Steven Blockmans and Sinem Yilmaz argue that "the test of a dictator like President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan isn't how he came to power but how he treats critics, journalists, minorities, and whether he can still be outvoted".
"Now that a narrow majority of Turkish voters in the referendum has supported the codification of autocracy, any hope for the democratic removal of Erdoğan has evaporated," they continue. "Given this sorry state of affairs, the EU has no other choice but to terminate Turkey’s accession process. By constitutionalising an executive presidential system that erases the separation of powers and frees Erdoğan’s hands to deepen repression, Turkey will be in breach of the ‘political’ criteria for EU membership for years, if not decades, to come."
To read the full text of this Commentary, click the button below.http://www.ceps.eu/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=285358&qid=12510529