EU lawmakers urge halt to Turkey EU membership talks – Reuters
European Union lawmakers called on Thursday for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Turkey because of Ankara's "disproportionate" reaction to July's failed coup, although EU governments are unlikely to take heed, according to Reuters.
Members of the European Parliament voted 479 to 37 in favor of a non-binding motion urging the European Commission and national governments to institute what lawmakers acknowledge would be a largely symbolic freeze in negotiations that have been going on for 11 years but have long been stalled, as reported by Reuters.
Neither side expects Turkey to be in a position to join the EU for very many years to come.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey should not be "fixated" on the idea of joining the European Union and should look at other opportunities, such as the Russia-led Shanghai Pact.