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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Fate of EU – Turkey relations …

A new relationship is needed with 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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Security Challenges Faced by Turkey!

Turkey chapter discusses the security implications of the failed coup plot, the underlying dynamics of the PKK insurgency and IS militancy and the government’s response to these twin security challenges.

Post-coup commentary has focused primarily on the bitter feud between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the reclusive Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. That’s unsurprising, in the light of the Turkish Government’s allegation that Gulen had a central role in the coup plot.

However, this oversimplifies the coup by sheeting it home to the relationship between two consequential personalities while ignoring the deep polarisation in Turkish society as its root cause. Recent opinion polls reveal the extent to which ideological, sectarian and ethnic divisions bedevil Turkish politics and society.

Turkey’s botched coup and its aftermath have occurred at a time of a rising PKK insurgency and IS militancy. Wholesale changes to the military, intelligence apparatus and security forces have raised concerns over the country’s readiness to counter security threats, whether from Kurdish nationalism or Islamist militancy.

Turkey’s secular–religious and Turkish–Kurdish cleavages created the enabling environment for the botched coup. Putschists sought to exploit fractures in society and visceral feelings towards Erdogan but underestimated the overwhelming popular preference for electoral politics over military intervention.


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Hayır Oyu’nun ne anlama geldiğini biliyor musunuz?



Türkiye’nin üniter yapısını ayakta tutmak için HAYIR…

Güneydoğu Anadolu Bölgesinin tamamını Kürdistan Özerk Bölgesi ilan etmeye HAYIR…

Kerkük’ü Kürt eyaleti yapmaya HAYIR…

İsrail, ABD ve AB güdümünde bir Kürt Piyon Devleti kurma plânına HAYIR…

Siyonizmin “ARZ-I MEV’UD” Plânına HAYIR…

Yunanistan’ın ve Kıbrıslı Rumların Μεγάλη Ιδέα – Megalo idea’sına HAYIR…

Ermeni Soykırımı ve daha bir çok konuda, sorunda AKP hükümetinin çaresizliğini, Kasımpaşa kabadayılığıyla, marifete dönüştürmesine HAYIR…

Zira, Evet’le ortaya çıkacak pişmanlık, sıradan pişmanlık değil, geriye dönmeyi imkansız hale getiren hüsrandır…


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The Congress: Cypriot Chairmanship and Political Situation in Turkey


Turkey must respect our common standards with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law! [Speech]

The Congress asks the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to invite the Turkish authorities to rescind the legislative measures on “mayors appointed by the central authorities” and restore the capacity of municipal councils to choose a replacement mayor. It also points out that the arrest of a local elected representative must be a decision duly substantiated in domestic law, taken in conformity with the standards of the Council of Europe and, in particular, with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Le Congrès demande au Comité des Ministres du Conseil de l’Europe d’inviter les autorités turques à annuler les mesures législatives relatives aux « maires nommés par les autorités centrales » et à rétablir la capacité des conseils municipaux concernés. Il rappelle, par ailleurs, que l’arrestation d’un élu local doit être une mesure dûment fondée en droit interne, prise en conformité avec les standards du Conseil de l’Europe et, en particulier, avec la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme.

The Congress suggests that the Venice Commission prepare an opinion on the constitutionality of the measures in Decree Law No. 674 which concern the exercise of local democracy in Turkey.

Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux demande à la Commission de Venise préparer un avis sur la constitutionnalité des mesures prises sur la base du décret-loi n° 674 concernant l’exercice de la démocratie locale en Turquie.


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