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Parliamentary questions
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28 October 2019
Question for written answer P-003478-19
to the Council (President of the European Council)
Rule 138
Danilo Oscar Lancini (ID)

 Subject:  PCE/PEC — Situation in Syria and US sanctions against Turkey

The offensive by the Turkish army and the pro-Turkish militia in the north-east of Syria is turning into what can only be described as a mopping-up operation to wipe out Kurdish forces in the region, with plenty of reports of summary executions of prisoners and civilians, including that of a young Kurdish woman who was a human rights activist. The situation of former ISIS jihadi militants detained in the area is causing great concern as they could be set free.

The Trump administration has announced that it wants to impose sanctions on both the leaders of the Turkish Government and anyone trying to destabilise the situation in north-east Syria. Furthermore, it is reported that Washington intends to raise steel tariffs to 50% and call a halt to a bilateral trade agreement worth USD 100 billion.

In light of the above, could the European Council answer the following questions:
Is it likely that, inspired by the measures announced by the USA, the EU will in its turn introduce a package of severe economic sanctions against Turkey?
Furthermore, given the many billions of euros lavished on this country to date without seeing any real improvements in terms of pluralism and democracy, is it possible that the EU will declare an end to accession negotiations and refuse to admit Turkey to membership of the EU?
Original language of question: IT 
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