BRUSSELS — Due to the human rights violations of the Turkish government against its own people, members of the European Parliament signed a letter addressed to the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell calling for severe sanctions against Turkey.
One of the signatories, the socialist representative Kostas Mavridis told Parliament Magazine that they chose not to be silent about the crimes committed by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and stressed that the European Union should not follow the failed appeasement policy of the late 1930s towards Nazi Germany, for which mankind paid a high cost.
Member of European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) Lucas Furlas stressed that they have to decide whether the Union is more focused on democratic values or business.
Erdoğan’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Agreement to Prevent Violence against Women and a widespread political crackdown including moves to disband the opposition Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) have caused concern among European politicians and officials.
Last month, Borrell warned that the recent decisions of the Turkish authorities to disband the opposition Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) have increased the European Union’s concerns about the decline of basic human rights and the credibility of Ankara’s commitment to reforms.