The Commissioner: Turkey is increasingly moving away from the EU, Ankara has to change its course
BERLIN, March 21. /Offset. TASS Vyacheslav Filippov/. Turkey is increasingly moving away from the European Union, Ankara should change its course, otherwise the EU membership is unrealistic. This was stated by the European Commissioner for neighbourhood policy and negotiations to expand Johannes Hahn in an interview with Bild.
“From the very beginning it was clear that it will be negotiations with an open result,’ he said. Turkey is increasingly moving away from the EU. If it soon does not change course, the EU membership will become more and more unrealistic.”
At the same time the Commissioner noted that “Turkey is not Erdogan, the accession process always covers the entire community.” At the same time, he said, “it is regrettable that the peaceful and Pro-European Turks currently are unable to words.” The Commissioner also noted that the planned referendum on amendments to the Constitution of Turkey, “is a departure from Europe.”
Referring to the possibility of termination of negotiations on the country’s accession to the EU, Han pointed out that the decision of the member States of the European Union, which in December called for the continuation of the dialogue. “In light of recent events at any time can be a re-evaluation of the situation. Move by member countries”, — he said.
According to Khan, to revive the negotiations the Turkish side is necessary to achieve “substantial progress in terms of ensuring the rule of law”. “First of all should guarantee the independence of the judiciary”, — said the Commissioner. He noted that Ankara should ensure fair trials for all prisoners and to distance themselves from the initiatives on introduction of the death penalty.