brussels - It is high time that Turkey is doing something about the huge shortcomings in the rule of law and the deterioration of freedom of expression and the press call a halt. That message giving the European member states Tuesday in conclusions on the enlargement policy of the national union.
The European Union Monday blew the negotiations with Turkey on EU accession or new life, but developments in that country are " reason for serious concern ". Thus undermining the independence and impartiality of the judiciary needs to be reversed quickly.
The EU is particularly concerned about lawsuits against critical media, journalists, writers and social media users. Turkey is also much too lax with fighting corruption, according to the EU.
If Turkey does not solve all these problems, EU membership remains out of reach. Several European leaders have repeatedly said that there is no bargaining with the criteria for admission.
Of the 35 chapters to be negotiated, only one chapter (temporarily) closed. Negotiations about a little less than half. A positive point is that the country is doing well with its legislation, especially in the economic field, to get on par with Europe, according to the EU. Monday, chapter 17, on economic and monetary policy, opened. The European Union requires that if Turkey is working hard on next year can start with three chapters.