EU enlargement chief warns Turkey to respect rule of law

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government have launched a major crackwdown since the failed coup, detaining nearly 16,000 peopleThe EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, implicitly warned Turkey Friday that the bloc would freeze the country’s accession talks if its post-coup crackdown violates the rule of law. “While I am of the opinion that since the coup attempt the measures taken have been disproportionate, I need (to see) black-and-white facts about how these people are treated,” Hahn told German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Since the failed coup on July 15, Turkey has detained nearly 16,000 people from the military, police, the justice system, education establishment and the media, in a crackdown sharply criticised in Europe and the United States.

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