Austrian Chancellor to cancel the negotiations on Turkey’s EU membership after the recent developments in Turkey.
But Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, disagrees.
– I think it is important that we engage with Turkey and seek dialogue
It has been turbulent weeks in Turkey, after the failed coup attempt in mid-July.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened up for introducing the death penalty, more than 60 000 people have been dismissed in the state sector and at least 16,000 have been arrested.
Alarm Reports of severe restrictions on democracy has come from several directions, while Turkey has denounced the European Convention on Human Rights.
Austrian Chancellor now wants to suspend negotiations on EU membership for Turkey.
– We need to see the truth, negotiations are now only the diplomatic fiction. We know that Turkey’s democratic level is far from sufficient to make entry of justice, says Christian Kern, according to The Local Austria.
But according to Margot Wallström’s press secretary, Erik Wirkensjö is interrupted negotiations is not something that is advocated by the Swedish side. Sweden has traditionally supported Turkey’s membership negotiations.
Refugee Agreement in danger
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said on Wednesday, in Swedish Radio’s “Morning P1”, that developments in Turkey are “dangerous for us.”
But she would rather see dialogue and cooperation than for example sanctions against Turkey.
– What do we believe that it will lead to? Our policy towards Turkey must have a strategy that is long term, and that is that we want to try to get the country to return to a development that is peaceful and does not set people against each other.
EU refugee agreement with Turkey could be in danger, said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently. He then demanded that Turkish citizens do not have visa requirements to the EU, that he should not tear the agreement.
– It is very unfortunate with the kind of statements, said Wallström.
Wallström: “Has missed more votes”
For the EU to join abolished visa requirements Turkey must meet certain requirements, which right now looks to be far away.
– I’m one of the few who have spoken very clearly about Turkey. I missed more voices saying clearly what we think of a very worrying development, particularly as regards respect for democracy and human rights, said Margot Wallström.
But according to Ms Wallström live Turkey so far up to the refugee agreement, and money continues at present to be paid by the EU to Turkey.