Last Updated: Friday, 22 July 2016 09:29
An attempted military coup d’état in Turkey has failed. While supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated their president on the streets of Istanbul, the Turkish government countered the alleged coup with massive arrests. According to the government, 6000 people had been arrested until Sunday amongst which there are dozens of Generals, judges and prosecutors. On Sunday evening, President Erdogan called for a debate on reintroducing the death penalty.
What does this mean for Turkish EU accession negotiations? According to several EU politicians, the crackdown by the Turkish government after the attempted coup d’état massively restrained Turkish EU accession negotiations. Should President Erdogan exploit the situation, “to restrict more constitutional rights, the accession negotiations will become difficult if not impossible”, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Elmar Brok (CDU) told the Handelsblatt. Contrarily, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Social Democratic Party, Rolf Müntzenich (SPD) told the Kölner-Stadt-Anzeiger, the “negotiations are still an instrument to interact with the conditions in Turkey. However, due to the crackdown of the government in Ankara, the talks would proceed as more difficult.”
Turkey is an EU accession applicant since 1999. Since 2005, there have been concrete bilateral negotiations. Ironically, the accession talks had just been extended this year which was due to the refugee deal with Turkey.