Πέμπτη, 27 Ιουνίου 2013

'EU negotiations with Turkey should be frozen'

The EU should freeze accession talks with Turkey while protests continue in the country, German member of the European Parliament, Renate Sommer, tells DW. She says Turkey's prime minister is acting "un-European."
DW: The European Parliament has strongly criticized the escalating violence in Turkey and the approach the government has taken to protesters. Ireland, as the current president of the European Council, wanted to restart accession talks with Turkey on Wednesday. Now, it seems that will be impossible. No new chapters in negotiations will be opened. Is that the right step?
Renate Sommer: I think it is the right step because we have to remain consistent. If a new chapter was opened then it would look like we accept what Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doing. The situation is so bad that we can no longer just stand by and watch what is happening. One has to send a clear signal and say at the moment we cannot open any new negotiation chapters.
The talks with Turkey have been rocky for years. Only the non-critical issues are being addressed. Not a single chapter has been closed because Turkey continues not to recognize Cyprus as an EU member. Would you say that enough is enough and it's time for the talks to be completely canceled or frozen?

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Παρακαλούνται οι φίλοι που καταθέτουν τις απόψεις τους να χρησιμοποιούν ψευδώνυμο για να διευκολύνεται ο διάλογος. Μηνύματα τα οποία προσβάλλουν τον συγγραφέα του άρθρου, υβριστικά μηνύματα ή μηνύματα εκτός θέματος θα διαγράφονται. Προτιμήστε την ελληνική γλώσσα αντί για greeklish.