Calls to end Turkey-EU membership negotiations intensify after Erdogan's victory
As European leaders and experts are grappling with the implications of Turkish President Erdogan's renewed mandate in Turkey following Sunday’s elections and its potential impact on the already complex ties between Turkey and the EU, discussions surrounding the termination of EU membership negotiations with Turkey and proposals for conditional economic support have gained momentum.
The re-election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ignited discussions about the future of Turkey's relationship with Europe. Calls to end the European Union (EU) membership negotiations with Turkey and proposals for conditional economic support have emerged as key topics.
Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People's Party (EPP), a conservative group within the European Parliament (EP), stated that it is now necessary to terminate the membership negotiations between Turkey and the European Union, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported.
As the largest group in the European Parliament, EPP's leader brought this proposal to the forefront through an interview with Funke Media Group.
"NEITHER TURKEY NOR THE EU WANTS TURKEY’S MEMBERSHIP"
Weber defended his proposal, stating, "Membership negotiations hinder the support of the relationship between Turkey and the EU." He further emphasized, "The past few years have demonstrated the importance of a close partnership with Turkey, but neither Turkey nor the EU wants Turkey to become an EU member."
Weber expressed the need for cooperation with Erdogan, who won the elections, in order to achieve the goal of establishing peace between Ukraine and Russia, addressing migration policies, modernizing the economy, and resolving the Cyprus issue. He added, "Erdogan should immediately approve Sweden's NATO membership."
THE FIRST SIGNS OF THE ERA
Jurgen Hardt, the Foreign Policy Spokesperson for the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament, stated that they expect a more conciliatory approach from Erdogan in the new era.
Hardt suggested that it is not impossible for Erdogan to step back from his "provocative orientation" towards Germany and the West after the elections. He stated, "After a rational analysis, Erdogan can come to the conclusion that his country's significant economic problems can only be resolved through cooperation with the EU and Germany."
The CDU politician emphasized the challenging situation of the Turkish economy due to excessive borrowing and the depreciation of the Turkish lira. He highlighted that Erdogan, who will have to prioritize the interests of his country, will have to acknowledge that the EU is the only partner with which cooperation is possible.
CONDITIONAL AID FOR THE STRUGGLING ECONOMY
While discussing Turkey's debts, the German politician pointed out that Turkey would have to pay them in dollars and euros. He stated that Ankara's close relations with Russia and China would not be sufficient to provide these resources, saying, "Putin and the Russian ruble cannot help Turkey."
Jurgen Hardt emphasized the importance of the German government's gesture of support for Turkey's exit from the difficult economic situation. In return, he mentioned that certain demands would have to be made to Ankara. He emphasized the need for Ankara to demonstrate a friendly attitude towards Europe and Germany in exchange for the support provided, while also highlighting that expectations regarding human rights could be formulated.
Jurgen Hardt also noted that he considers the NATO summit in July as the "first test" for the future of relations with Turkey. The CDU politician stated that by giving the green light to Sweden's NATO membership, which Erdogan has been blocking for months, Erdogan could prove where he stands.