Divide and rule: No consensus !
EU worries over Turkey crackdown, but…
Ministers restated their concerns at recent developments in Turkey as set out by the High Representative in her declaration on behalf of the EU of 8 November 2016. In their debate, they particularly highlighted worrying renewed considerations in Turkey to introduce a bill to parliament to reinstate the death penalty. They also underlined that Turkey is a key partner of the EU in the areas of the economy, security, migration and foreign policy, in particular with regard to Syria and Iraq. The Council recalled the EU’s condemnation of the 15 July coup attempt. While recognizing the need for Turkey to take proportionate action, ministers also recalled that, as a candidate country, Turkey is expected to uphold the highest standards of democracy, including respect for human rights, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and the right of all to a fair trial. EU ministers agreed on the importance of continuing political dialogue with Turkey at all levels.