The European Union could impose economic sanctions against Turkey and to abolish the current customs Union because of the repression against journalists and opposition members. This was stated by European Parliament President Martin Schulz in an interview with German weekly Bild, reports ZN.ua.
«We in the EU should consider what economic sanctions we can take,» said Schultz.
Chapter Evroparlamenta also pointed to the possibility of abolishing the existing customs Union after talks between Turkey and the European Union.
«I can’t imagine that after the arrests, opposition MPs and journalists we will expand the customs Union», — said the politician.
While Schultz considers it inappropriate to stop the membership negotiations of Turkey to the EU.
«If we stop the talks, we may not be able to help the opposition and prisoners», — said the President of the European Parliament, adding that if Turkey will return the death penalty, the negotiations still to be interrupted.
This statement of Schulz has caused sharp discontent of the head of the Turkish foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu.
«Threats will have no effect on Ankara. Better be the head of the European Parliament first to stop the activity of terrorist supporters of the PKK (the Kurdistan workers ‘party — ed.) in the walls EP», quoted by government news Agency Anadolu.
According to Cavusoglu, when making decisions, Ankara «draws strength» from the people and pays no attention to threats and pressure.
As reported, in early November, a Turkish court arrested eight of the twelve members of the Turkish Parliament from the opposition party. Among the detainees — both political force leader Selahattin Demirtas and figen yuksekdag the the.
November 3, Erdogan, in the context of their relations with the Kurds, called Germany «an important safe haven for terrorism,» to which the German government replied that «did not understand» this statement.
Due to political repressions against Turkey can be sanctioned — Schultz 14.11.2016