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Thursday, 19 September 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Situation in Turkey, notably the removal of elected mayors

  James Wells (NI). – Mr President, while we debate this worrying situation I would like to highlight EU hypocrisy on the question of democracy. Municipal elections took place across Turkey earlier this year, which led to the opposition party winning in Istanbul. However, at an AKP party meeting Mr Erdogan said re-running the vote was the best step for Turkey to solve its problems within a framework of democracy and law.

Most of us were outraged on this, rightly so. In fact, our very own Guy Verhofstadt said: ‘this is an outrageous decision that highlights Turkey is drifting towards dictatorship, and that under such leadership accession talks are impossible.’ So whilst, on the one hand, the EU’s lead Brexit coordinator says a country cannot join the EU for overturning an election, on the other hand, he gives his support to the Lib Dems via attending their party conference to overturn a democratic election in the UK.

Last updated: 30 September 2019Legal notice