Go back to the Europarl portal

Choisissez la langue de votre document :

  • bg - български
  • es - español
  • cs - čeština
  • da - dansk
  • de - Deutsch
  • et - eesti keel
  • el - ελληνικά
  • en - English (Selected)
  • fr - français
  • ga - Gaeilge
  • hr - hrvatski
  • it - italiano
  • lv - latviešu valoda
  • lt - lietuvių kalba
  • hu - magyar
  • mt - Malti
  • nl - Nederlands
  • pl - polski
  • pt - português
  • ro - română
  • sk - slovenčina
  • sl - slovenščina
  • fi - suomi
  • sv - svenska
 Full text 
Thursday, 14 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

2018 Report on Turkey (A8-0091/2019 - Kati Piri)

  Branislav Škripek (ECR). – Mr President, I appreciate that this report sums up a lot of ongoing issues with Turkey. Without any doubt, we are dealing with a very unpredictable and precarious neighbour.

Turkey’s administration and its armies symbolise suffering and misery to those living nearby, including Christians, Kurds, Turkmens and Armenians. As a flagship of democracy, the EU should be able to have a clear position on Turkey. That is why the European Christian Political Movement, which I chair, initiated a petition to end accession talks definitively. Otherwise, we will keep the door open and communicate to minorities living under oppression in the Middle East that we do not care.

But we do care and we have to tell them so.

The ending of accession talks is a strong political gesture but the current state of affairs in Turkey makes it deserved. There is no time simply for suspension, as referred to in the report.

Last updated: 8 July 2019Legal notice - Privacy policy