Hannes Swoboda: „Erdogan’s comments endanger EU-Turkey negotiations“

Hannes Swoboda, S&D Group president, said that the latest statements made by the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan were „scandalous and provocative“. Erdogan had spoken in favour of reinstating the death penalty.


Commenting on the statements made by Erdogan, Hannes Swoboda said:


„Erdogan has to consider what he wants: closer ties with Europe or a growing radicalisation of his country; both will not go together.


„Turkey has agreed to commitments through its membership application to the European Union. These include ensuring that human rights are respected and an orientation towards European values. If Erdogan moves away from these commitments, he will have to accept that EU candidacy for his country will be jeopardised.“


Hannes Swoboda pointed out that the EU and Turkey have always been important partners – particular in the areas of security and energy policy. The EU aims to maintain a good climate for discussions.


He finished with the following words:


„Erdogan’s statements could seriously endanger the basis for negotiations. He should carefully consider whether a deterioration of relations is also to the detriment of his country.“