European Parliament recommends placing Turkish Grey Wolves organization on EU terrorist list

BRUSSELS — In a move that would ban the pan-Turkic far-right Grey Wolves movement, the European Parliament has approved a report recommending that the group be placed on the EU’s list of terrorist organizations eight months after it was banned in France.

The report by Nacho Sánchez Amor, a Spanish Socialist Party member of the Parliament, said that, “for a foreign community to have an impact in Europe is normal and legitimate, but the problem is that part of this community is acting politically on orders that come directly from Ankara.”

France banned the organization last year and many German and Austrian lawmakers have called for similar measures in their country. Yet the ban will have only symbolic importance. According to a European diplomat who spoke to the French magazine L’Écérés, the Grey Wolves do not have an office or legal status and putting them on the list of terrorist organizations will not end their activities and may even complicate their surveillance.

The Grey Wolves are closely linked to the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), the coalition partner of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP).

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