In an unfair election environment, a narrow majority of the Turkish population has endorsed the constitutional package that will give President Erdogan unchecked powers – which will fit an authoritarian system.
“This is a sad day for all democrats in Turkey. It is clear that
the country cannot join the EU with a constitution that doesn’t respect the separation of powers and has no checks and balances. If the package is implemented unchanged, this will have to lead to the formal suspension of the EU accession talks. Continuing to talk about Turkey’s integration into Europe under the current circumstances has become a farce,” says the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri.
Piri: “The result of today’s vote is a major shift away from European values. Erdogan’s autocratic behaviour has deeply polarized Turkish society and harmed the economy. His accusations towards some EU leaders on ‘nazi practices’, seriously undermined Turkey’s credibility as a political partner.”
“I will continue to stand by all those fighting for democracy and fundamental rights in Turkey. Today’s outcome shows that there are millions of Turkish citizens who share the same European values and who chose for a different future for their country. The EU should never close the door to them.”