Reassessing EU-Turkey relations


It’s time to take a new direction and new beginnings?!

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EP starts debating: To Suspend or not all pre-accession funds…


 

Official suspension means the end of 600 million euros per year!

After a referendum granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers earlier this month, the European Parliament voices growing concern about the country’s bid to join the EU.

Since a controversial referendum earlier this month granted Turkey’s leader unprecedented powers, Ankara’s bid to join the EU has come under fire. The path Erdogan has chosen to close the door on partnership with the European Union. Turkey is going in the wrong direction. Anyone with their eyes open should be able to see that. Austria has called to scrap Turkey’s candidacy altogether. Others want to suspend the talks indefinitely, saying the country may still remain a candidate, even if its current government defies European values.

The European Union does not want to close the door on the Turkish people. At the same time cannot look the other way when they proceed on a course which is in the opposite direction of the process of European construction. There are millions of people in Turkey that do share the same European values, millions that do want the EU to remain the anchor for reforms in their country. And therefore don’t agree that in this Parliament who wants to scrap Turkey once and for all as an EU candidate country.

Some fear an abrupt end to the decade-long courtship may upset the latest deal with Ankara on refugees. Europe’s leaders are likely to make a decision this summer.

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee is set to start debating the traditional annual resolution on Turkey’s progress on 2 May. The draft resolution for 2016, prepared by rapporteur Kati Piri (S&D, NL), also calls on the EU “to suspend the accession talks with Turkey if the constitutional package is implemented unchanged”.

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Batı Cephesi’nde (AB-Türkiye) Yeni Bir Şey yok!


Seç Beğen Al!

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Avrupa ile ilişkilerde «Yol Kazası» :Türkiye yeniden mercek altında…


 

AKPM, 13 yıllık aradan sonra Türkiye ’deki demokrasi ve özgürlüklerin denetlenmesini kararlaştırdı!

The CoE Assembly (PACE) has voted to re-open the monitoring procedure against #Turkey, closed in 2004: 113 for, 45 against, 12 abstaining.

Turkish democracy placed on damaging watchlist by EU monitors.

Turkey’s chances of joining the EU were seriously jeopardised on Tuesday as the statutory organ of the Council of Europe degraded the country’s state of democracy, placing it under observation – a major criticism of the regression seen in Turkey’s democratic practices during the last few years.

Placing Turkey under monitoring means Europe considers Turkey to be non-compliant with the Copenhagen criteria, the rules on governance, economic standards and human rights that determine if a country is eligible to join the EU.

Ankara condemned the vote as politically motivated. [Full article]

Deciding to re-open the monitoring procedure on Turkey, a staunch defender of contemporary European ideals and values and a founding member of the Council of Europe, under the guidance of malicious circles at the PACE is a disgrace to this organ, which claims to be the cradle of democracy.

Such a decision leaves no choice to Turkey but to reconsider its relations with PACE. (MFA of Turkey)

[Full PACE Debate on Turkey]

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Referendum in Turkey: European & International Reactions…


 

Türkiye’deki Referandum: Tepkiler!

☔ The EU institutions awaiting the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR International Observation Mission, also with regard to alleged irregularities.

☔ This is yet another decisive step away from Europe. Erdoğan has closed his doors to the EU with this referendum. The EU accession talks should be suspended.

☔ Erdoğan is increasingly turning Turkey into a personal authoritarian regime. This is a sad day for all democrats in Turkey. In an unfair election environment a very narrow majority has endorsed a constitutional change that will give president Erdoğan unchecked powers. With such a constitution, Turkey cannot join the EU.

☔ Erdoğan’s strategy was to insult journalists, Kurds, the opposition, dissenters and even EU countries and to declare them enemies. This made him look like a strong man and close ranks behind him. This referendum took place under unfair conditions: the governing AKP abused the state of emergency to block, threaten and ban opponents.

☔ The result is a devastating blow to democracy in Turkey. The EU must now make clear that it stands on the side of those who, despite intimidation and prosecution, have stood up for democracy.

☔ Despite this result, now is not the time to turn our back on Turkey. We must continue a critical dialogue if we are to hope to influence developments in the country for the better.

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İlk Bulgu ve Sonuçlar üzerine Rapor: İhlâllerle dolu bir referandum!


 

Preliminary Findings and Conclusions: A referendum full of infractions!

☁ The referendum took place in a political environment in which fundamental freedoms essential to a genuinely democratic process were curtailed under the state of emergency, and the two sides did not have equal opportunities to make their case to the voters.

☁ A state of emergency should never be used to undermine the rule of law. The legal framework, which is focused on elections, remained inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic referendum, Provincial governors used state-of-emergency powers to further restrict the freedom of assembly and expression.

☁ The campaign framework was restrictive and the campaign imbalanced due to the active involvement of several leading national officials, as well as many local public officials, in the ‘Yes’ campaign

☁ The misuse of state resources, as well as the obstruction of ‘No’ campaign events. The campaign rhetoric was tarnished by some senior officials equating ‘No’ supporters with terrorist sympathizers, and in numerous cases ‘No’ supporters faced police interventions and violent scuffles at their events.

☁ The Civil society organizations and professional associations were not permitted to hold campaign events.

The assessment that suggests that the referendum process fell short of international standards is unacceptable.

Halkoylamasının uluslararası standartların gerisinde kaldığı gibi bir yorum kabul edilemez.

L’évaluation qui suggère que le processus de référendum est loin des normes internationales est inacceptable.

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Not a «Banal» Referandum!


 

WHY?

In any case, this is a highly critical electoral competition for the future of Turkey. The proposed constitutional reform would lead to the most significant changes in the political system since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. For this reason, it is important to understand the following points:

☪ This is not a run-of-the-mill electoral competition…

☪ The campaigning period has been very irregular…

☪ Society is more divided than ever…

☪ There are many undecided voters, in addition to undeclared ‘No’ voters that no poll is able to determine…

☪ Turnout, both at home and abroad –after all the crises with European countries– is a very important issue…

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