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EU report slams Turkey over rule of law, free speech

In a report on Turkey's EU candidacy, Brussels accused Ankara of backsliding on the rule of law, rights and the media but praised it for housing Syrian refugees and for cooperating on the migration crisisThe EU accused Turkey on Tuesday of backsliding on the rule of law, rights and the media, calling on the new government to take urgent action in a sensitive report that Brussels held back until after elections. The scathing report on Ankara’s EU candidacy, originally due for release before the vote that returned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party to power, praised Turkey for housing Syrian refugees and for cooperating on the migration crisis. “The report emphasises an overall negative trend in the respect for the rule of law and fundamental rights,” said a summary of the report’s key findings by the European Commission, the EU’s powerful executive arm.

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