Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, Wednesday urged the European Union to stop the Turkish accession talks, whereas Ankara is conducting a purge of magnitude following the failed coup of 15 July.
The accession of Turkey to the EU was already experiencing problems since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested to reinstate the death penalty. “We have to face reality: the accession negotiations are nothing more than fiction,” said Christian Kern Austrian media, adding that “the Turkish democratic norms are far from sufficient for membership.”
The chancellor said he wanted a debate on the subject be discussed at the European Council on 16 September. Rather it recommends the EU to seek “new alternatives” to help the Turkish economy to move closer to European requirements.
“(The country) remains an important partner in issues of security and integration,” said Christian Kern, stressing the key role of Turkey in the crisis of migrants.
In March, Turkey and the EU have signed a pact to dry up migrant crossings from the Turkish coast to the Greek islands, and allows the return to Turkey of migrants in exchange for political and financial counterparties whose acceleration accession negotiations.
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