The West cannot afford to give up on Turkey (Opinion)


Erdogan’s crackdown, which included the arrest of 40,000 people, has fueled concerns about human rights and political freedoms in Turkey. Relations with Berlin in particular have soured dramatically.

Germany’s decision to block Turkish politicians from campaigning on German soil ahead of an April referendum to give Erdogan more powers prompted the Turkish leader to accuse Germany of “Nazi” practices.

Turkey’s detention of some German citizens over the summer was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In response, Berlin warned Germans traveling to Turkey that they risked arbitrary detention. And Merkel has said she now wants to call off Turkey’s accession negotiations as well as freeze pre-accession financial assistance and talks on deepening trade cooperation.

The European Parliament has also passed a nonbinding resolution to end accession talks.

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