Turkey Criticised Over Media Freedoms And Judicial Independence In EU Report

Verdict on country’s candidacy to join bloc highlights fears over ‘rule of law and fundamental rights’ under newly re-elected Erdoğan

The EU has accused Turkey of backsliding on the rule of law, rights and the media, calling on the new government to take urgent action in a sensitive report that Brussels held back until after elections.

The scathing report on Ankara’s EU candidacy, originally due for release before the vote that returned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s party to power, praised Turkey for housing Syrian refugees and for cooperating on the migration crisis.

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