Leading members of the European Parliament on Wednesday called for formally halting talks with Turkey for its EU membership, citing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan plans to expand his powers after the approval of constitutional amendments in an April 16 referendum.

According to a Reuters report, EU parliamentarians criticized the plan to give Erdoğan more power, saying it will undermine democracy and stifle free speech in Turkey.

“As Turkey with such a constitution cannot become a member of the EU, it doesn’t make sense to continue the discussion on integration. The EU should officially suspend the accession talks if the constitutional changes are implemented unchanged,” Kati Piri, a Dutch center-left European lawmaker who oversees the Turkey portfolio, said during a session at the European Parliament.  Continue to read.

Source: Turkish Minute

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