Discussion: Turkey’s EU membership request

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to suspend talks on Turkey’s membership of the European Union. The unbinding vote is considered to be a reaction to Ankara’s heavy crackdown on opposition and public servants in the wake of July’s failed coup. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said he would reinstate the death penalty if the move was approved by lawmakers. Turkish leaders have dismissed the EU lawmakers’ vote as unimportant, and say a Turkish referendum on EU membership may be held next year. Bruno Macaes from Carnegie Europe, Cui Hongjian from the China Institute of International Studies, and Selcuk Colakoglu from Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara discuss whether the EU vote will encourage Ankara to reform or merely push Turkey to align itself with eastern powers like China and Russia.

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