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MEP: Turkey must step back from authoritarian reforms to remain key EU partner

Dutch Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66) responds after the adoption of the annual Turkey report in the foreign affairs committee: "The text was significantly sharpened compared to the draft by S&D-rapporteur Kati Piri, who failed to address many urgent issues such as the rule of law, security laws and the serious threats to press and online freedoms. While it is important to acknowledge the importance of the trade and security aspects of our partnership with Turkey, these must go hand in hand with emphasis on the most significant  values. It is with deep regret that this year these have come under intensified pressure once more. We call on President Erdogan and his AK Party to reverse the top-down grip and to see the value of democracy and the rule of law. The people in Turkey must know what the EU stands for, and how important the progress in accession talks can be for their wellbeing. The population holds the key to the future of Turkey during the upcoming elections."
Marietje Schaake on Turkey: 22-04-2015 MEPs: We must defend all those standing on the front-line for free speech in Turkey 31-03-2015 MEP responds to acquittal 236 suspects in Balyoz/Sledgehammer case 25-03-2015 Parliamentary Questions on the Turkish internet bill 27-01-2015 Amendments to 2014 Progress Report on Turkey 18-12-2014 MEP: Business as usual towards Turkey is no longer an option for the EU eu_turkey_flag