S & D Group of the European Parliament condemns coup attempt in Turkey but restoration of full democracy and rule of law still needed

The S&D Group condemns the failed coup and violence against democracy in Turkey, and regrets all casualties.

Following the violence overnight, the S&D calls on the Turkish government to reflect of how far democracy has been undermined in the country.
Gianni Pittella, President of S&D Group, said:
“Any coup attempt against democracy must be condemned. In the name of democracy no one can carry out anti-democratic actions like firing at parliament and shooting at civilians. The change of power should ultimately only take place through democratic elections.
“It must be clear, however, that our severe judgement of President Erdogan; who is responsible for anti-democratic tendencies in Turkey against political opponents, freedom of the media and human rights; remains unchanged.
“The S&D Group now invites the Turkish government both to improve the democratic situation in the country and to return to the peace process with the Kurds instead of exploiting this unfortunate violence overnight to further deteriorate the rule of law.
“EU relations with Turkey must be based on the respect for fundamental rights and the full stabilisation of the political and democratic situation”.

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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