Germany: Turkey must answer reports of election fraud

Cheryl Sanders
April 29, 2017

"The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey isn't closing its doors on anybody".

"Turkey withdrew from monitoring in 2004 and has implemented a number of important reforms since then, after which this decision is erroneous and extremely unfair", Celik said in an interview with Anadolu news agency.

On Tuesday, Kilicdaroglu called it "unacceptable" if more than 50 percent of the people "vote No in a constitutional referendum and this is turned into a Yes by a YSK decision".

The 47-member Council of Europe is separate from the European Union, but the vote is likely to be a further setback in Turkey's bid to join the EU.

The council's parliamentary assembly announced that it was placing Turkey on a political monitoring watch list earlier Tuesday following an investigation into the country's democratic institutions. The resolution was passed with 113 votes, with 45 against and 12 abstaining.

Erdogan also criticized the countries which urge to suspend the negotiations over Turkey's membership to the EU.

"Unfortunately, this decision is the result of a phased, racist, fascist, anti-Turkic, anti-Islamic, anti-Turkish campaign", Kurtulmus said.

Kati Piri, a Dutch Labour MEP who specialises in EU-Turkey relations, said the EU would have to reassess its position on Turkey.

It also calls on the Turkish government to lift the state of emergency imposed after the takeover attempt as soon as possible and stop using decrees that circumvent parliamentary procedures. "We're talking about 54 years".

"Having disregarded Turkey's contributions to European security and stability, this decision by the PACE Parliamentarians in fact, shows an imprudent mind-set lacking strategic vision and ignoring the common and democratic values on which Europe is founded", it said.

The Council of Europe's constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, warned in a March report that the proposed constitutional amendments would be a "dangerous step backwards" for Turkish democracy. Turkey's president has been required to remain above party politics, but the condition was removed in the referendum.

The watchdog's Turkey researcher, Andrew Gardner, said it "sends a clear and powerful message that Turkey must end its crackdown on human rights".

Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn yesterday (24 April) urged the member states to reconsider what kind of relationship the European Union should have with Turkey, ahead of a foreign ministers meeting in Malta on Friday (28 April).

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