The EU will adopt a wait and see attitude in relation to Turkey

ЕС примет выжидательную позицию в отношении Турции

Voting has ended and the picture has become clear: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will run the country, and the “National Alliance” the majority in Parliament, wrote Hürriyet columnist Serkan Demirtas.

He notices that the first comments of the European Union on the results of the elections in Turkey came from the head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy Johannes Hahn on 25 June. Their statement draws attention Demirtas, did not concern the results of voting, and there were no congratulatory words for Erdogan. Instead, Mogherini and Hahn gave an initial assessment of the OSCE observation mission, which worked in Turkey before and during the elections and has documented restrictions on freedom of Assembly and freedom of expression, including in media, in the context of the ongoing state of emergency. It was also suggested that the Republic “will benefit from the immediate elimination of key weaknesses regarding the rule of law and fundamental rights” and that a new presidential system has “far-reaching consequences for Turkish democracy.”

For anybody not a secret, the author writes that the EU believes a new presidential system in Turkey is not democratic and expresses concern that it will lead to the sole mode of governance in the country. That is why neither Brussels nor prominent European countries do not appreciate the new milestone in the history of Turkey as the beginning of a new Chapter in Turkish-EU relations.

EU leaders meet for their summit in Brussels this week, and the first strong signals that might come from future ties with Turkey and suspended the process of accession to the European Union. So, Austria, preparing to renew the term of a EU presidency from 1 July until the end of 2018, urges members of the Commonwealth, formally terminate negotiations with Turkey, reminds Demirtas. And while in Brussels, Turkey has less supporters, yet the official conclusion of the negotiations requires consensus, the journalist said.

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The EU, according to Demirtas will take in the coming months, a wait and see attitude towards the Republic, to see what action will take the next government to rectify the democratic deficiencies.

“Previous to Erdogan’s statement that a state of emergency is not renewed, was seen as a positive signal, but for many European diplomats, it must be supported by concrete actions such as the release of imprisoned dissidents and the expansion of freedoms,” — said columnist.

European countries believe that Turkey broke away from them and, therefore, needs to make the first step towards a possible reconciliation. Otherwise, the accession process is unlikely to be renewed, Demirtas concludes.

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