09:20 - 26/07/2017
The European Union has publicly criticized the security crackdown launched by Turkey since the attempted coup failed, noting that Ankara can not join the Union without stopping human rights violations.
Speaking after a meeting with the EU foreign and EU ministers, EU Commissioner Johannes Han said he needed to see a "return from the trend" toward authoritarianism.
"Human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of information, are essential prerequisites for any progress towards accession to the European Union," Han said in a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu and EU Affairs Minister Omar Chilic and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mugherini. "He said.
Although Mugirini described the meeting as constructive and open, tension over Turkey's bid to join the bloc came to the fore amid disagreements between the two sides over whether to open up new areas of negotiation.
"Journalists who help the terrorists should not be misled by the European Union," Javishoglu responded to Mughireni and Han's criticisms of the trial of senior journalists and the arrest of 10 human rights activists. "Journalists, soldiers and politicians who helped try the coup last year should face sentences Due ".
The Turkish Foreign Ministry criticized earlier this month, the European Parliament's request to freeze the accession negotiations to the European Union and considered it biased and non-objective, and considered that the tone of Parliament "lacks a constructive, and not encouraging."
"The decision is based on baseless fabrications and serves some circles and circles hostile to Turkey," a statement issued by the Turkish ministry said. "The decision will harm the relations between the two sides and will not contribute to giving them a positive character. "The decision harms the reputation of the European Parliament"