EU freezes talks over Turkey’s European membership


CNN – European lawmakers voted Thursday for a temporary halt to talks on Turkey joining the European Union, citing concerns over a crackdown by the Turkish government since an attempted coup in July.

In a statement released by the European Parliament, MEPs condemned the “disproportionate repressive measures” taken by Turkey under the state of emergency imposed following the failed coup.

These, they said, “violate basic rights and freedoms protected by the Turkish Constitution” itself.

The resolution, which is non-binding, was approved overwhelmingly — 479 votes to 37, with 107 abstentions.

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