Turkey should lift the state of emergency without delay - EU annual report

Turkey should lift the state of emergency without delay - EU annual report

STRASBOURG: Turkey is moving rapidly away from the path of European Union membership, the top EU official in charge of negotiations said on Tuesday, also calling in a report for Ankara to lift its state of emergency.

Turkey "continues to take huge strides away from the EU, in particular in the areas of rule of law and fundamental rights," European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who oversees EU membership bids, told a news conference.

"The Commission has repeatedly called on Turkey to reverse this negative trend as a matter of priority and makes very clear the recommendations on this in today's report," he said.

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek)

Source: Reuters

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