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Wed Mar 13, 2019, 01:52 PM

EU Parliament Calls for Suspension of Turkey's EU-Entry Talks

Source: Bloomberg

The European Parliament urged the EU to suspend membership negotiations with Turkey as a result of democratic backsliding in the country.

The European Union assembly made the appeal in a non-binding resolution approved on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France. The call is directed at EU governments and the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, which together run the accession process with the Turkish government.

The resolution upholds a suggestion by the EU Parliament’s foreign-affairs committee saying the bloc should “formally suspend” the entry negotiations with Turkey. The 751-seat assembly rejected floor amendments by right-of-center members who had sought to toughen the recommendation by urging the EU to “terminate” or “formally end” the process.

The symbolic gesture by the 28-nation Parliament -- part of a regular report on EU-Turkey relations -- echoes calls by the assembly in past years and highlights its ability to act as a barometer of public opinion in Europe amid a rise of nationalist political forces.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-13/eu-parliament-calls-for-suspension-of-turkey-s-eu-entry-talks

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