European Parliament votes to stop Turkey accession talks

European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn (L) and Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik (R) attend a meeting to discuss Turkey's European Union membership bid on July 6, 2017, in Ankara

European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn (L) and Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik (R) attend a meeting to discuss Turkey's European Union membership bid on July 6, 2017, in Ankara

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The European Parliament has voted to suspend talks over Turkey joining the EU.

The decision comes after the Parliament's foreign affairs committee prepared a draft document last month, recommending that talks be suspended over concerns about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's human rights record and authoritarian approach to government.

This echoes a statement made by the legislative body last November when it urged member states to freeze membership talks with Turkey over what were described as "disproportionate repressive measures" following the failed coup earlier in the year.

The attempted coup was followed by scores of arrests, while President Erdogan has secured a range of new powers which some analysts say are dictatorial in their scope.

Howewer, the European Parliament has only limited power on this subject, and both the European Commission and EU member governments have thus far ignored calls for a formal suspension of the talks.