Political group leaders called on EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, to freeze accession talks with Turkey, in a debate on Tuesday afternoon © EP  

The EU Commission and member states should impose a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey, urged a majority of political group leaders and MEPs in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Tuesday afternoon. But the door for dialogue should remain open, unless Turkey introduces capital punishment, some added. A resolution will be put to a vote on Thursday at noon.

MEPs strongly condemned the disproportionately repressive measures taken in Turkey since the failed military take-over in July.


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Federica MOGHERINI , VPC/HR


Manfred WEBER (EPP, DE)


Gianni PITTELLA (S&D, IT)


Syed KAMALL (ECR, UK)


Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE)


Takis HADJIGEORGIOU (GUE/NGL, CY)    


Rebecca HARMS (Green/EFA, DE)


Laura FERRARA (EFDD, IT)


Mario BORGHEZIO (ENF, IT)