Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganmeets with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, May 2017.
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On July 6, 2017, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the suspension of accession talks between the EU and Turkey. This is not the first time the parliament has expressed concerns over the state of Turkey’s bid, having passed a similar resolution in November 2016. On the surface, the body’s repeated calls for a freeze of talks and a reassessment of Turkey’s EU candidacy highlight growing concern over Ankara’s democratic credentials, particularly in the year since the failed attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his subsequent declaration of a state of emergency.

The newest resolution specifically calls for a halt in talks should the Turkish constitutional reforms that were adopted in April 2016 (and are expected to come into effect in 2019) be implemented as currently drafted. The European Parliament claimed that the proposed reforms would create a political system that fails to respect the separation

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  • AMIE KREPPEL is a Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam and Director of the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida.
  • SINAN CIDDI is Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
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