Thursday, November 24, 2016

The European Parliament voted on Thursday to suspend talks with Turkey on European Union membership

The European parliament has urged governments to freeze EU membership talks withTurkey in a powerful symbolic vote that will heighten tensions.

MEPs in Strasbourg voted by 471 to 37 to halt Turkey’s EU accession talks, with politicians from the Conservative group to the Greens lining up to back a resolution that condemned the Turkish government’s “disproportionate repressive measures” after a failed military coup in July. There were 107 abstentions.

The vote is non-binding, but represents a dramatic ahead of a crucial meeting of EU ministers next month. Foreign ministers will debate Turkey’s 11-year-old EU membership bid in December as concern grows about the crackdown launched by the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, following the botched coup ....