MEPs push for freezing Turkish membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze EU membership negotiations with Turkey because of the country’s post-coup purges. The EU parliament is expected to vote on a non-binding resolution on the issue on Thursday (24 November). Meanwhile, the Commission warned that cutting ties with Turkey would be a lose-lose solution. EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini told the EU parliament that any move to annul Turkey’s membership to the EU would be a lost opportunity. At the same time, Erdogan has hinted that he would support the reinstatement of the death penalty, a move that Mogherini has set as a red line for the EU. EU leaders are expected to discuss Turkey again during their meeting in Brussels on 15-16 December.