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The Turkish government is carrying out a purge. Almost 20,000 members of the Turkish police, judiciary, civil service, and army (including a third of all generals and admirals) have been arrested or dismissed from their positions in the last few days.

The EU Commission believes the scale and speed of the purge suggests the government was keeping a list of suspected ideological opponents, and may be using the recent failed coup attempt to consolidate power. Disturbing images have been released showing soldiers stripped to ther underwear and handcuffed en mass in a gymnasium.

On 15 July 2016, a group within the military instigated a botched coup, leading to the death of over 200 people. President Erdogan was on holiday at the time, but flew back to Istanbul and called for his supporters to take to the streets, thwarting the efforts of the plotters. Turkey has suffered a series of coups historically, with the last full military takeover happening in 1980, and a “coup by memorandum” as recently as 1997.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has now asked parliament to reinstate the death penalty (repealed in 2004 as part of Turkey’s EU accession bid), saying: “[T]hese terrorists should be killed… Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons for years to come?”

Want to know more about Turkey’s bid for EU membership? Check out our infobox on arguments for and against Turkey joining the European Union.

European governments are watching developments in Turkey with concern, as the country is a NATO member and key ally in the region, vital for Western strategy in both combating the refugee crisis and in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

How should Europe respond to Turkey’s post-coup crackdown? Is Erdogan going too far, or is the round-up of perceived government adversaries legitimate? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. Ivan Burrows

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    By giving them access to Schengen and then fast tracking Turkey to become an EU member.

    Sorry, that is what WILL happen, not what should happen….

    • MTK.

      hi Ivan, i thought you are not a member no more…. i mean you are here trolling all debates since years, i am very curious who you really are.

    • Andrea

      I think turkey is way ahead in the requirement for being an UE member. We should be the one aligning to them!
      Hurry up, there is no time!

  2. Diaconu George Razvan

    you are trolling a lot Ivan , Turkey is done, only the diplomatic speech remains not to make the situation worst.Schengen and EU? Turkey just ran in the totally opposite direction these days.

    • Tarquin Farquhar

      @Diaconu George Razvan
      The [German] EU’s poor negotiating skills means that Turkey will always manage to keep the EU off-balance.

      Apart from war, Turkey can do whatever it wants and the EU will bluster and fuss and meander and cuss but ultimately Turkey will have its way.

  3. Veres Dániel László

    Is that really a question? How should Europe react to the beheading and lynching of 18-years-old conscripted soldiers? How should Europe react to the arresting of judges for purely political reasons?

  4. Rácz Tivadar

    See merkels reaction: none. As she imposted herself to be the eu, your questions are useless and way out.

  5. Tony Muñiz

    EU should ban Turkey from ever being part of EU. Should have never even have been an option, but now much more so then ever. They have proved they are the islamic savages we have always said they were. What European country would settle a coup by beheadings and beating to death the soldiers, who just follow orders. We had a coup in my country in 1981 and it was stopped, but not one person was savagely beaten or murdered. We are a democracy with western values and right of law, which Turkey with it’s islam will never be. And that is reason enough to be scrapped from even being considered to join EU. I also notice all pro Turkey Islamoapoligist EU politicians are really quiet.

  6. Rozalija Baricevic

    Very useless question! The EU leaders have supported the democratically elected president. Also the USA, Canada…..

  7. NW

    I think EU should uphold the values that they believe. They should not accept a member simply because of the Economics interests. The coup might not have been the best democratic mean for hoping the country to change to become better, the post-coup actions taken by those who rule doesn’t seem any more democratic either.

    • Tarquin Farquhar

      @NW
      Your first sentence is hilarious!

      It is the EU ‘values’ that allowed countries like most of the Club Med countries to join the EU in the 1st place.

  8. Umut Can Çimen

    For those saying EU should ban Turkey or Turkey will get access to Schengen: those are big lies! Erdogan already closed doors to EU and using this as a propoganda to his fanatics and yes it’s working. Also according to latest researchs; around %70 of Turkey doesn’t want to join EU. So you can feel relax guys.

    • Yasmine

      Umut is right.

    • Daniel B.

      They’ll just open the gates and we’ll get a few million more refugees. Giving them money is part of the refugee deal.

  9. Nando Aidos

    Stop the “join the EU” process immediately. Remove all NATO bases. Stop all money flows. There are plenty of actions that will get their attention. And, by the way, don’t fall for the manipulation of “I will join Russia”… let them.

  10. nando

    Stop the “join the EU” process immediately.
    Remove all NATO bases.
    Stop all money flows.
    There are plenty of actions that will get their attention.
    And, by the way, don’t fall for the manipulation of “I will join Russia”… that is old hat.

  11. Andrej Němec

    Turkey is a Country that bridges Europe and the Middle East, the West and the East and the North and the South. Highly competitive and productive, a young and well educated labour force and a fast growing economy. The EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the EU. Obviously being a powerful Country it’s under constant attack and there is plenty of attempts by the West to overthrow the Government and break it apart just like it was done with Yugoslavia in the ’90s. Turkish Airlines is by far the best European Air Carrier and Istanbul is a modern city with the world largest airport under construction. The question is where would be Turkey now if they didn’t have a strong (dictatorial) regime. It would have been already dismantled and its pieces sold out on the market…

  12. Dino Boy Mican

    We should have had a different approach to Turkey from the start. Be it German or French or Greek anti-Turkish sentiment, the EU was very reluctant towards membership leaving the country exposed to dangers coming from political islam and the military. On the other hand the EU embraced mediterranean countries with dictatorial tradition.

  13. Daniel Parvanov

    Sarcasm: No EU should do not care about civil rights freedom of speech and democracy …. Screw the European values …

  14. Barış Ekici

    I would like to remind something to all commentators. Eu does not flow money to turkey. Greece drain your money.

    • Daniel B.

      The EU is sending billions as part of the refugee deal.

    • Polyvios

      You got billions of eu money and you are not even Europeans (or even close to become, both politically and culturally) . I think “thank you” is what you were trying to type.

  15. Αναγέννηση

    Turkey is on the Warpath against the EU again , spearheaded by Sultan Erdogan , flooding the European Union , with illegal immigrants. The European Union needs to immediately expand the current European Security and Defense Policy Unit in Brussels to be expanded to form a million personal all professional EU Defense Force to push back Turkish State Sponsored aggression against the European Union via the illegal immigration boatloads from Turkey.

    • Tarquin Farquhar

      @Αναγέννηση
      The EU cannot afford such a numerous and dismal defence force!

  16. Andrea Scacchi

    I suggest that UE should align itself to Turkey, who wants democracy?
    Beheadings! Beaheadings everywhere.
    Erdogan is a fucking danger. So are Ue rulers and Nato’s ruler

  17. Christos Mouzeviris

    Turkey is a very unstable and volatile country, that either we like it or not borders the EU and has long and strong ties with Europe; historic, political, economic and military…. We either suspend all EU membership talks until they cope on and stabilize their political system, or we could allow them in hastily to force them to reform….. Sadly the EU is not united, strong or organized enough to force a country like Turkey to comply and stabilize itself…. That would need Europe to be fully democratic and united itself, in order to integrate a country like Turkey…. So unfortunately, Europe is forced to close the door to Turkey, with all the consequences… Having another unstable country, after Ukraine in its own doorstep…. It is one of Europe’s greatest failures….

  18. AJ

    What a joke. The EU was never going to accept Turkey and it won’t accept Turkey. All European politicians waited to see how it would play out before making any statements, instead of immediate unequivocal condemnation. They were all perfectly willing to see “democracy” trampled over to have a man they dislike removed from office. So much for European values.

    It’s funny to see people asking for their removal from NATO. The organizations utility for Turkey became clear in the aftermath of the Turkey-Russia spat. Why don’t you find out just how well NATO and Europe will fare without Turkey?

    In France, people’s citizenship was removed, almost 4000 raids conducted in civilian homes, and hundreds of people placed under house arrest for one terrorist attack but Turkey should simply accept a coup detat and the destruction of their state. If you’re not capable of rational thought, you should interfere in matters of no concern to you.

  19. catherine benning

    This so called coup is suspect. Think about it.

    A coup involving at minimum 8,000people, but, the Turkish government knew nothing of it. Even though they are more paranoid that Richard Nixon. The dictator in that region woul dnever have known what was going on.

    And then you have to consider who really is at the back of it. Who was funding it and who was planning it, then add to that who was going to benefit from the pretence.

    Turkey want billions from the EU or has already taken from the EU, how will they put large portions of this funding into their own pockets, and get around taking the refugees returned. They do not wan these regugees because they are well aware they are disruptive.

    The bombed buildings are faked, The guy happened to be on holiday in that destroyed office. How convenient. Anyone making a coup attempt would know that and realise it would be futile to carry out such an action..

    A coup, to be successful, would first entail a specific plan to oust those at the top first. They follow that by other serious means to take over the whole country at once.

    This coup is a scam to bring more power to the maniac they have running that show.

    Europe, if it has any sense at all, it will simply ignore the crack down and let them go out of business via their lack of further tourism.

    As far as the unwanted and illegal refugees are concerned, do what should have been done at the start of this infiltration of our continent. Round them up and send back to their countries of origin. They are not the responsibility of the European tax payer. It is for the UN to sort out. Alaska is virtually empty, send them to that safe country.

  20. Bódis Kata

    Boycott. Even if the governments don’t want to do it, the ppl should do a boycott.

  21. Fernando Santos

    Moss são todos ingleses,? Parece que a Turquia vai deixar de ser uma democracia e vai ser o tampão da Europa.

  22. Lino Galveias

    end the recent agreement, stop paying him, boycotts, condemning the event and his government….

  23. Thomas Krikonis

    The goal should be true democracy in Turkey and clear negotiations between E.U members and Turkey

  24. Foofur Foofur

    Don’t ever let them join the UE they are not europeans by any long stretch of the imagination.

  25. Voula Thomacos-Lagonas

    It should
    Impose sanctions as its actions ate in no way democratic
    CEASE once and for all any talks concerning Turkey joining the EU
    Where is its voice FOR HUMAN RIGHTS..
    .Shouldn’t it examine this area
    The ship load of money that Merkle handed over to Turkey, methods have to be found in order for it to be returned
    STOP SELLING THEM ARMS
    EVERY serious EU country should ISSUE TRAVEL WARNINGS for Turkey

  26. Raúl Manuel Pérez Álvarez

    End the treaty. Stop trade. What Erdoğan is doing is a purge due to a coup that I’m sure was planned by himself. We can’t have relations with Fascists.

  27. Raul Machado

    What a fake of coup…….. Who starts a coup at 7.30pm?…… Everything was made by Erdogan to silence all the people who are against him…… after a few hours he has already a list of 6000 people to arrest…….. Everything is a manipulation from Ergodan and the worst is that the EU, Russia and USA are protecting this turkish dictator…….. Who is buying the petrol from ISIS?

  28. Danny Boy

    Grant visa free travel for all eighty million Turkish citizens to travel in the E.U,fast forward their membership application,give them billions of Euros and nominate the grand sultan Erdogan for the nobel peace prize.

    • Tarquin Farquhar

      @Danny Boy
      Isn’t this on the cards already?

  29. Miguel Verissimo

    Ahahahah…
    Let Erdogan ask what he wants first!!!! With stupid British leaving… France with an internal war… Spain Italy Greece and Portugal totally broke… There’s no space for hard talking… Maybe Germany can hold the dogs of war…

  30. Daniel Putnik

    Sending more refugees and paying to Erdogan meanwhile we are critics with his totalitarism regime not like our free and democratical Europe

  31. Agnes VB-Osborn

    I hope the European leaders are watching Erdogan’s strategy with GREAT concern. Eradicating ones opposition is far from being democratic.

  32. Μάρκος Κουντουρούδας

    Europe should Stop immediately the austerity in Greece and give Greeks a Huge “Economic” Help to confront what will come from this “Turkey” (or Neo-Ottoman Empire…?!). If Greece falls, then you’re going to live again the “Darkest European Times” in History !

  33. Alexandros Karipidis

    sanctions against turkey….first of all europe should close the borders with turkey….until erdogn left….erdogan is a threat for european safety, EU should stop support him

  34. Costa Exintaris

    Here’s a funnier question: How would a Bush/Cheney administration respond to this if they were in charge of the EU?

  35. VALAORITIS

    FORGOTTEN THE OCCUPATION OF CYPRUS,,,WITH CYPRIOT SOLDIERS BURIED ALIVE….ONLY THE MONGOLS DID SUCH ATROCITIES IN THE MIDDLE AGES….AND THIS IS THE CANDIDATE FOR THE EU…THE GREEKS KNOW FROM THE 450 YEARS OF OTTOMAN OCCUPATION WHAT A TURKISH MOB IS LOOTING KILLING,,NOW THEY HAVE TURNED THIS MOB ON THEMSELVES AND THE EUROPEANS AND THE AMERICANS CALL THIS A DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S UPRISING….WHAT A GRIM JOKE….

  36. Virgo Papadopoulou

    90% of her population are ignorant. They have no education , the news from TV, twitter, face book. are under control of her sultan, they have wild instinctions ,they are savages ,they make atrocities , they have no place in the civilisation world

  37. ironworker

    What is a “post-coup” ? Why “post-coup” is more important than “pre-coup” ? Do you want apologies from Erdogan because the putschists just intended to “take him down” ? Expect retaliation, “Turkish delight” style.

  38. Enric Mestres Girbal

    The EU should understand for once and forever that Turkey WILL NEVER BE A FRIEND…under Ergoran is turning to a radical islamic country.

  39. Jean-Paul Potet

    The EU should keep out of any conflict among Muslims. We simply don’t know their rules. Whenever our governments intervene, because they think they are so smart, they make things worse, and then we have to pay the bill.

  40. Rafael Miralles Ferrández

    The EU had no objections to Ucrania´s coup.?????? Everybody has come to know what the EU is currently like, a racist and fascist orgnizatión directed by the Anglogermans whose main objective is to exploit and abuse the South of Europe and sorround Russia pretending that it´s adanger for Europe.

  41. Gina Stodinetchi

    Turkey is heading towards a dictatorship. People from the former communist countries: Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania etc can recognize this. I still have not forgotten what it was and certainly I will not ever forget.

  42. Bryan Teixeira

    The failed coup has given Erdogan the excuse he needed to move away from the current Turkish secular constitution: that is the real coup in process. Many Turks who never accepted secularism now also have permission to react against the past. Europe can express concerns about increasing human rights abuses and identify its own red lines in engaging with Turkey.

  43. Maria Julieta David

    I think it was prepared in advance by Erdogan-That way he had an excuse to send to prison people who were concernerd about the lack of human rights!The lists of people were already done:(

  44. Oscar Manuel Varandas Correia

    Europe should face reality! The europe numbness, in terms of joint foreign policy, and projection of force capabilities, his emminent financial colapse, cannot disuade Erdogan of his Imperial and ditactorial plans. Erdogan should be isolated immediatly from his Dreams. We need Nato to establish cooperation with Rússia and Israel to surround and stop Erdogan

  45. Fejz Xbr Alb

    You know nathing about human rights all you care is $$$ otherwise they would have condam the chilling of 5000 people in one day in Egypt under sisi the chosen of the israhellis Und now you talking about justice und human rights shame on you……..

    • MTK.

      but we are lucky because you came with a huge turkish nationali flag as your picture to teach us what human rights are and what good moral is. I really feel happy that i met you on the internet because me, stupid european never knew what these things really are. Now i know, that all those tanks in kurdistan, people killing, tens of thousand of people jaild, killed, and being part of political oppozition is a crime, actually is the real democracy, how erdogan is doing it.Thanks guys, my life was a lie until now…… By the way, i was supporting the turkish to became e.u. members, but i really think you will need to do some changes. I am from a post communist country. Dictatorship hurts.

  46. Jean-Paul Schats

    Remember 1683, remember Polish king Jan Sobieski and Austrian Prince Eugene von Savoyen. Kick them out of Europe.

  47. Dot Bekker

    As a woman and 50% of the European population I am horrified at the misogyny that has been reported coming from Erdogan. Europe must insist that this is unacceptable, failing which women will again suffer at the hands of brutes and fanatics!

  48. Konstantinos Anst

    Mr Erdoğan causes me severe stomach discomfort, but I can understand why the European leaders put up with him.
    If Turkey is destabilized, the new migration wave will mean hell for Europe. And especially for Greece.

  49. Raffaella Cammarano

    Am horrified by the tone of comments of many people here; and to be provocative but I strongly believe in what I write : it has been a big mistake not to accept Turkey in Europe when they asked to … Also it would have been easier to take under control a ruler like Erdogan plus maybe we would not have had Is and what is more the contrast -which I do not know/ I fear where it will take us – between “us” – the correct the right the democratic the modern etc etc and “them” the terrorists the uncivilised the undemocratic etc etc ….We are paying this contrast with the daily uncertainty the unstableness the fear and …..The terrorist attack ….Turkey is in NATO …It is the storage place of many nuclrar USA nuclear weapons which means we cannot do without it Now notwithstanding the “nasty’Erdogan we even ‘pay” them to block the invasion of refugees in Europe
    …If Turkey had already been in Europe about 15/20 years ago .
    Wouldn”t be better ? ….I believe YES!!!!

  50. Kate Traditionog

    Banned Donald Trump From Coming To Europe He Is The Global Terrorist Group Leader A Racis A Nazist a Tax cheats Criminal

  51. Kate Traditionog

    Banned Donald Trump From Coming To Europe He Is The Global Terrorist Group Leader A Racis A Nazist a Tax cheats Criminal

  52. Christine Kokka

    Their whole history has been an endless extortion of nations with history, culture, pride and future: the Armenians, the Cypriots, the Greeks in Konstantinopolis and Pontos, the Kourds.The vast majority of them (50-60%) after all these years support this dictator.Seems as if they can’t escape who they eventually are: Illegible, savage and violent.Let them decide for themselves what their future will be.

  53. TC Emrah

    We should first thanks the turkish people for defending the democracy ( which is not perfect in turkey , I admit ) . You are all here talking about dictatorships , about erdogan , about turkish history etc… but you never mention that turkish people defended its parlament , that many turks died for it . You do not mention it and you just hide your hate behind words like you say . It s not in conformation with european values and principles… I really feel sorry for you .

    • MTK.

      I always supported turkey on it’s road to the e.u. But if you think that Erdogan is democratic, you are wrong. Just because he says it, it dose not mean a thing. Just because he was elected, it dose not mean a thing, Hitler was also. And by the way, i am not sure that the elections were clear. And from destroying, jailing, killing oppozition, or anybody who has other opinion is not democratic. I am with the turkish people, but the turkish people are not only the guys supporting erdogan. This is the point. Until it’s not understood, you can’t talk about democracy, but you are helping the installation of a fascist like dictatorship.

  54. Ali Superiore

    Its becoming a delicate situation in Turkey, sanctions should be imposed towards the government, Erogan is a dictator and should resign from his post.

  55. George Singleton

    Europe can send all these european politicians who supported Turkey to join Europe and cannot see any kind of violation of human rights ,to go to Turkey to help Erdogan smministrate this nice European Country and to sustitute the arrested judges and licenced public officers which till now are superarting the 30000 people..Then maybe the EU can change its policy and become more democratic by stopping destroying its own country members and steal the property of their inhabitans ..

  56. Siva Nesan Jesu

    There is nothing for Europe to respond, except to learn the inexorable truth and moral lesson that Turkey’s short history betwwen Kemal Ata turk’s populist win and today reflects the entire picture of Islam in 1400 Years and in the Text and Sharia. Nothing belonging to islam must now be allowed to enter EU,or any West or Americas, Africa or wherever Jesus’trinitism and compassion, values, human welfare and good and gender parity are rooted. Brexit or any other exit cannot separate the world I MENTION HERE. Europe must liaise wwith the Buddhist, Hindu, and orthodox Christian world.

  57. Evangelos Dimos

    Invade Turkey … They have no Friends left in the neighbourhood… Russia, Greece, Syria, Kourdistan etc. would Love to finish them off. A good Moment but not needed they kill themselves until there is no one left.

    • Duncan

      Anyone inciting an invasion is somebody i cannot condone, support or take seriously.

  58. Richard Muir

    It does not matter what you think,what you say or what you do. Decisions will be taken by people who will make money from this situation and they will use it in a way that benefits themselves and no one else.

  59. Mie

    Unfortunately the European leaders already shoved their weakness to Erdogan, and he manipulates them.. Easy for a smart man. Now Europe needs to be strong, and that might be too much for the ones in charge. He has to release these people from jail, and tell his people the truth. And have free elections.. Or else.. Cut him loose and find other allies.. He is dangerous and a tyran..

  60. Katrin Mpakirtzi

    give Oskar to mr.Kerdogan. He makes his fans so angry as turks did in the Past attacking minorities and families of christians as… terrorists. Radiourgies… clever games to clean everybody who dare to….exist on earth

  61. Katrin Mpakirtzi

    International Court in Hage for war crimes against idigenous population invates to neighbores..Lefcosia is half islamist since 20 July 1974.. genocides of minorities and all CHRISTIANS, murders of giornalists academics and violations daily that their ”allies” cant see and tolerate them …

  62. Bianka Pavšič

    Not at all….its internal matter of non EU country, so……what kind of human rights will they follow is titaly up to them…my opinion.

  63. Maurizio Flores Felis

    After having read most comments I think it would be wiser and constructive to DEBATE ( not insult or perpetrate violence against violence ) WHAT SHOULD EUROPE NOT DO. First and foremost never intervene with bombs drones or secret service. Secondly invite the head of state to dialogue relentlessly. Thirdly respect the people of the country and their religion. Forth persevere. The Nuclear Bombs are an important issue to plan disarmament. Put all the weapons industry under scrutiny. A more SOCIALIST EU is needed to bring the warmongers in the USA to a less fascist foreign policy and intervention. Times like these show how blind Brexit has been ( even though more than often England often acted as a sort of US agent in the EU so that will not be a loss ). Lastly the refugee is not the problem. The conditions that create refugees are the problem.

  64. Michael Šimková

    Give Erdogan more billions of euros, of course. He needs a new palace. Also harass more German comedians. We wouldn’t want Erdogan to be sad.

  65. Franklyn Obioha

    I think harder sanctions should be placed on Erdoğan if the trail of those men is not done in democratic way n sanctions that’s severe than that of Russia be placed on turkey they’re bunched of vampires.

  66. Jurre

    Every nation gets the government it deserves. -Joseph de Maistre

    Mister Erdogan, despite what he’s been doing lately, still has popular support from the Turkish people. I’m pretty sure most of the Turks can figure out what is going on and they seem to be fine with it. So there’s not much Europe can or should do about it. That said it is quite obvious Turkey cannot become a member of the EU, but that was hardly a change from the last decade. Just continue business as usual.

  67. Ferdy Mookhoek

    Stop trading or contact with them.
    They are nog european.
    They will never get in, certainly not with such a extremist dictator in power.
    Kick them out of NATO too.
    They made their bed, they can lie in it.

  68. Jose Luiz Costa Sousa

    THE TURKISH COUP DÉTAT IT WAS PLANNED AND CARRIED OUT BY USA AND CIA AND SUPPORTED BY TURKISH PEOPLE EITHER BOUGTH, OR MANIPULATED BY CIA OR EVEN BY THEIR OWN POLITICAL CONVICTIONS.. BUT THE MASTERMINDERS OF THE COUP IT WAS USA/ CIA.. THERE IS NOT AND THERE WAS NOT ANY COUP D ÉTAT IN THE WORLD IN THE LAST 30 YEARS WHICH WERE NOT MADE IN USA BY CIA. THE REACTION BY USA AND ITS VASSALS AGAINST TURKEY REGARDING THE COUP D´ETAT SHALL BE:- 1º INVADE IT IMMEDIATELY BY NATO TO MAKE THE COUP D´ETAT SUCCESSFULL.. BUT DON´T INCLUDE THE TURKISH NATO MILITARY PEOPLE IN THE INVASION 2º ORDER THE ISLAMIC ARMY TO STOP MURDERING SYRIANS AND IRAQ PEOPLE AND ORDER THEM TO GO TO TURKEY AND START JUST MURDERING ALL THE ERDOGAN´S SUPPORTERS…. 3º IMPOSE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST TURKEY 4º SURROUND TURKEY WITH NATO BASES AND ANTI MISSILE SHIELD INSTALATIONS… ETC..

  69. Lino Galveias

    cancelling the “treaty” with which we pay a lot for Turkey to stop refugees would be a start. Stop buying oil from them, sending the country out of NATO, immediate stop to EU-entrance negociations….
    and a bold EU position against this would be good. But this European disunion is fragmented for a long time now.

  70. Jim Ryder

    Be very concerned, stop all further integration and any aide. This is clearly a manufactured coup aimed at destroying the counties secular and progressive aspirations and at creating a theocratic dictatorship..

  71. Márcia Rodrigues

    Build a wall to stop invaders coming so there’s no need to give more money to Turkey. And sanctions of course.

  72. Leyla Suliman Bulut

    Maybe Europe should just shut the f.ck up at least for one time!
    Better to talk about UK leaving EU….ooo we forgot about that right?!

  73. Leyla Suliman Bulut

    Jesus!! So many racist people!! Guys are you all ok?! You are approving killings and also you want even more killings?! What kind of christians or better said humans are you!!
    😯😯😐😐😐😞😒😖😔😤😟😟😟

    • MTK.

      You mean that if i say something bad about erdogan i’m a racist?or if i say an opinion about the turkish politics i’m a racist?But whatever happens in turkey it’s not?Sorry but erdogans system is really racist.I don’t talk about the people how they are but only about erdogans system.I would like to be in an union with turkey but if i accept it with erdogan i would accept europe to turn to dictatorships again.An i am from a country with a sad past of fascism, wars than national communism where the power were killing tens of thousands of innocent people.I don’t whant to be repeated again.

  74. Leyla Suliman Bulut

    Jesus!! So many racist people!! Guys are you all ok?! You are approving killings and also you want even more killings?! What kind of christians or better said humans are you!!
    😯😯😐😐😐😞😒😖😔😤😟😟😟

  75. Leonidas Vafiadis

    In the same way Europe reacted in the thousands of missing war prisoners of Cyprus during Turkish invasion on a part of Europe.

  76. Leonidas Vafiadis

    In the same way Europe reacted in the thousands of missing war prisoners of Cyprus during Turkish invasion on a part of Europe.

    • Gyorgy

      That is precisely what happens if you are alone. That is why we need common army and external common border.

  77. Gyorgy

    As with everything dealing with the outside world: common external border+common army. If we have that we’ll be able “to deal” , “to respond”.

  78. Yordan Vasilev

    Please, stop the negotiations for Turkish entrance in EU, control the borders by FrontEx and be careful with the migrants, because many of them are Islamic terrorists.

  79. Francesco79

    Step 1: remove sanctions on Russia
    Step 2: put sanction to Turkey
    Step 3: force nato to suspend Turkey, if Usa don’t want to do it then each euro country should put it’s nato partnership on stand-by
    Step 4: put a euroforce on standby around the Greece-turkey border

  80. Dan Florin

    Force him into democracy and if not, force him into loneliness and darknes till he returns to the humanitarian values.

  81. Manuel Alegria

    unfortunatly, democracy as we know it, will not be possible in any country wiht so many tribal and war leaders…
    Small dictators are the only solution for peace on region

  82. Μάρκος Κουντουρούδας

    DANGER ! – Do NOT Travel to TURKEY !
    The Suspension of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950 as amended by the Protocols 11 and 14 in Turkey means:
    1) Suspension of the right to life (No.2)
    2) Suspension of the prohibition of torture (no.3)
    3) Suspension of the prohibition of forced labor (No. 4)
    4) Suspension of the right to liberty and security (No.5)
    5) Suspension of the right to a fair trial (No. 6)
    6) Suspension of non-punishment – namely, the death penalty – not a law already provided at the time of committing the crime (No. 7)
    7) Suspension of the right to respect for private and family life (No.8)
    8) Suspension of freedom of thought, conscience and religion (No.9)
    9) Suspension of the right to freedom of expression (No. 10)
    10) Suspension of the right to an effective remedy before a national authority (ar.13)
    11) Suspension of non-discrimination (No.14)
    12) Suspension of a limited derogation from the provisions of this contract in case of emergency (ar.15)
    13) Suspension prohibition of abuse of rights (ar.17)
    14) Suspension of the limitation of the said Convention rights only within the scope of those rights (ID NO: 18)
    15) Suspension of recourse to the European Court of Human Rights (Title II)
    16) Suspension of Turkey’s obligation to provide explanations to the Council of Europe Secretary General for any human rights violations in Turkey (Title III)
    17) Suspension of the right to protection of property (No.1, Prot.1)
    18) Suspension of the right to Education (No.2, Prot.1)
    19) Suspension of the right to free elections (no.3, Prot.1)
    20) Suspension of due debt prison ban (No.1, Prot.4)
    21) Suspension of freedom of movement (# 2, Prot.4)
    22) Suspension of nationals deportation ban (no.3, Prot.4)
    23) Suspension of mass deportation ban foreigners (n.4, Prot.4)
    24) Suspension of the death penalty abolition (No.1, Prot.6)
    25) Suspension of the right to a double degree of jurisdiction in criminal matters (No.2, Prot.7)
    26) Suspension of the right to compensation in cases of miscarriage of justice (no.3, Prot.7).
    Moreover, in Turkey “order has been restored and the country after the failed coup attempts to strengthen their democratic institutions …!”
    JUNTA in Turkey !

  83. Yasmine

    Europe should have distanced itself from Turkey a long, long time ago and this debate shouldn’t be happening now at all. This country calls itself a friend and demands to be welcomed but has behaved like an enemy consistently. There is no need to analyse anything at all…Turkey is occupying the territory of a member-state, is smuggling jihadists into the EU and is not even in Europe geographically. The people want him, have voted him in and have helped him stay in power. They are free to enjoy his reign.

  84. Yasmine

    Is this debate going to be left unlocked? Because the last one about Turkey and Armenian genocide started eating up comments when the conversation turned to historic facts…

    • Maia Alexandrova

      It is true, I was also very irritated to see that my last comment there pointing to evidence of the Armenian and Bulgarian genocide was not published… May be the moderator is of Turkish descent… Just wasted so much of my time for nothing!

  85. Dino Boy Mican

    Greece is not a model state some here paint it to be. In terms of politics it has history of coups and in terms of economics it has a history of defaults. Poor record on minority issues (it does not recognise ANY ethnic minority, though greek society is of various ethnic backgrounds)

  86. Dino Boy Mican

    Just is the West dear spoilt kid, always thwarting imminent threats (be it default or Grexit) by taking advantage of her situation, her ancient heritage and geography

  87. Asuman Keleşoğlu

    Türkiye Demokrat,Laik,Çagdas,bir ülke.Gecmis tarihde Sömürge olmayan tek ÜLKEDIR…Gelin görün,gezin..

  88. Μάρκος Κουντουρούδας

    DANGER ! – Do NOT Travel to TURKEY !
    The Suspension of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950 as amended by the Protocols 11 and 14 in Turkey means:
    1) Suspension of the right to life (No.2)
    2) Suspension of the prohibition of torture (no.3)
    3) Suspension of the prohibition of forced labor (No. 4)
    4) Suspension of the right to liberty and security (No.5)
    5) Suspension of the right to a fair trial (No. 6)
    6) Suspension of non-punishment – namely, the death penalty – not a law already provided at the time of committing the crime (No. 7)
    7) Suspension of the right to respect for private and family life (No.8)
    8) Suspension of freedom of thought, conscience and religion (No.9)
    9) Suspension of the right to freedom of expression (No. 10)
    10) Suspension of the right to an effective remedy before a national authority (ar.13)
    11) Suspension of non-discrimination (No.14)
    12) Suspension of a limited derogation from the provisions of this contract in case of emergency (ar.15)
    13) Suspension prohibition of abuse of rights (ar.17)
    14) Suspension of the limitation of the said Convention rights only within the scope of those rights (ID NO: 18)
    15) Suspension of recourse to the European Court of Human Rights (Title II)
    16) Suspension of Turkey’s obligation to provide explanations to the Council of Europe Secretary General for any human rights violations in Turkey (Title III)
    17) Suspension of the right to protection of property (No.1, Prot.1)
    18) Suspension of the right to Education (No.2, Prot.1)
    19) Suspension of the right to free elections (no.3, Prot.1)
    20) Suspension of due debt prison ban (No.1, Prot.4)
    21) Suspension of freedom of movement (# 2, Prot.4)
    22) Suspension of nationals deportation ban (no.3, Prot.4)
    23) Suspension of mass deportation ban foreigners (n.4, Prot.4)
    24) Suspension of the death penalty abolition (No.1, Prot.6)
    25) Suspension of the right to a double degree of jurisdiction in criminal matters (No.2, Prot.7)
    26) Suspension of the right to compensation in cases of miscarriage of justice (no.3, Prot.7).
    Moreover, in Turkey “order has been restored and the country after the failed coup attempts to strengthen their democratic institutions …!”
    JUNTA in Turkey !

  89. Duncan

    In all frankness this situation is a delicate one politically, diplomatically and morally. Turkey’s government is responding to an attempted military driven coup. Whatever else about this situation is uncertain you cannot deny that fact. However, having said that, the response seems to be extremely far reaching. One has to question the validity of the arrests given the extreme numbers involved, coupled with an extending of the period for detainment, and I believe I read somewhere (not sure how valid a source) that Erdogan had ‘shelfed’ the human rights legislation temporarily. For me the one thing that is most troubling is the removal of so many judges from office at a time when demand for judges is surely going to be at a high point. So here’s what I propose, lend turkey a neutral unbiased set of foreign judges, like from EU or better yet UN appointment. Turkey gets justice against the would be plotters, the innocent who may have been caught up in this wide reaching clean up get a fair trial, and the rest of the world work with Turkey in the spirit of cooperation and support while knowing that true justice has been allowed to take place. If Erdogan was to refuse such clearly needed help then it would make it very clear that concerns the coup is being used as an excuse to round up political opponents in order to subvert democracy are well founded. At that point it’s time to look to UN sanctions/peacekeeping forces being sent in.

  90. Ivan Burrows

    .

    By giving them the billions Juncker promised them, allow unknown millions of Turks free access to the Schengen area & allow Turkey to join the EU, anything less will mean the migrant March to Germany will restart.

    Thank god we are leaving the madhouse.

  91. Giulia Noia Dipresa

    For first maybe it could be a signal to sanction Turkey or just to say something about the situation that is not “demcracy won” or “he was elected democratically” and stuff … I don’t understand what EU/USA policy is against tyranny since it seems to me that they see bad and good tyrants… what makes a tyrant a good one?

    • Duncan

      In my opinion? A leader who utilises their authoritarian power to impose a fairer legal system and society for the people they lead. In terms of USA/EU probably sadly a good tyrant is one that is friendly and helpful to the organisation in question.

  92. Julia Hadjikyriacou

    It is time for the EU & NATO to dissociate from Turkey. Torture and death penalties are not EU or human values. You have the EU coastguard now to handle any refugees coming to the EU humanely. Also it is clear by his new friendships that Erdogan is considering ditching the US-backed pipeline for the Russian-backed pipeline.

  93. Cãlin Rednic

    For now, due to the strategic importance of this country, the only answer Europe can give Turkey is patience to see its evolution in time, meanwhile the integration process is suspended. If democracy will continue being stepped on and civil rights are going to be lost, then UE will really have to take some measures.

  94. Luchian Mdm

    The EU and US should apply economic sanctions upon Turkey for it’s abuses on own citizens

  95. Sebastien Chopin

    We should finish off Turkey… a joke shouldn’t run for more than three weeks…. + apparently there are a load of dissident babies in the creches in Turkey and they’re next on the hitlist…..

  96. Sebastien Chopin

    We should finish off Turkey… a joke shouldn’t run for more than three weeks…. + apparently there are a load of dissident babies in the creches in Turkey and they’re next on the hitlist…..

  97. Jokera Jokerov

    If the EU dummies keep their noses out of the Turkish shite, there is some imaginary hope for things to go better. If they interfere, things will go to the worse for sure. As always.

    • Duncan

      Well, I think as time has progressed and this ‘coup clear up’ has extended to the media who so far as I’m aware didn’t mobilise against the government in any way and are not a civil service I think it becomes more obvious the Erdogan has abandoned freedom entirely and he needs to be dealt with. But I’d still be in favor of trying political pressure over military action.

  98. Toks

    Turkey of President should be called to order by the United Nations, crackdown is a plan by the government to deal with the enemies of the state.Dictatorships is destroying Democracy, causing Civil war, wasting millions of life. Europe is qulity, America intervention is an issue in intervention in other countries crisis e:g Iraq war 1991.
    European power’s and USA polices in elsewhere like Palestine,,Chechnya,Afghanistan Bosnia .
    United Kingdom and USA are frustrating the peace because of their own selfish interest.
    See Libya and Syria by giving weapons to Muslims dictators with cash.Why sending forgein troops to fight in the middle east, intervals in the affairs of the middle east bombing the countries.Who is behind the Turkish coup ,do they want any terrible war out break in Turkey

  99. tolga

    I am from Turkey. And I have never supported Erdoğan. But i am against for all the people who bombed Turkish parliament. I see that a lot of EU country people have deep fears about Turkey such a country which has been striving to become a European country for more than 200 years . We dont need economical supports we need fair relationship with EU that doesn’t exist.

    • MTK.

      Look, I am from a region, what a 100 years ago was part of a country, tha we lost a war, so my town is not the part of my country no more, so i am forced to live in another country, who knows, maybe forever.All this happend because our imperial dictatorships.Than fascism camed, so another war, than we got back to the country for a few years, but than we lost the war so a bigger power putted us back in this country, where i don’t have full right not even today.Than national communism camed, where we almost got killed, than the 89 revolution, than we almost got killed again, now we are e.u. And we don’t have conflicts because of democracy and e.u. and stuff. I am supporting turkey, but i have a bad feeling, that this is not the good way to become a strong country. I also fear that if it’s gonna continue like this, maybe turkey will fall apart.So this is why i say yes to turkey in the e.u. if democracy will be founded.Democracy is an always changing thing, it’s not a fix ideology.And because people are different, groups of people are different, and unity is possible only if the differences are accepted. If you are discriminated by your political views, culture, or whatever difference, one day you will be so frustrated that you will want to set on fire the parliament what dose not recognize your rights.This is the survivor instinct.And it is the basicall instinct of every living creature, not only the human.

    • Duncan

      @Tolga, I support democracy (when it is used correctly and works, consensus rule should be the only form of leadership). When I heard of the attacks against the Turkish government from the Turkish military I was horrified. When the Turkish civilians came out and stopped the coup I was elated for the Turkey as a nation and the people who live their. When Erdogan demanded Justice against the plotters I nodded in agreement. But when so many people are arrested (some of whom are just children from military academies) and at the same time hundreds and hundreds of judges are removed my stance changes from one of moral support of Turkey’s government to one of concern and dread for the people living in Turkey. There’s justice and then there’s political oppression. This situation seems to be transforming into something just as unacceptable as the military take over that sparked it.

  100. tolga

    No one can export democracy . It is impossible . Democracy is a process .Who can say that Ukraine Libya Iraq syria became more stable ? As a result of these facts who is the winner ? I can say that weapon dealers . Turkey and the EU are both partners in the loser clup.

    • Duncan

      You are taking opposing viewpoints. If democracy is a process you can’t say it’s failed. It’s simply not working yet.

  101. カメニャク マリオ

    Yeah, kick Turkey out from NATO, then leave NATO themselves.(I am pro EU, anti NATO). Cordon off Turkey is also a good option. And normalise relations with Russia, while keeping eastern european member countries on a leash.

    Well all of this is a sensitive topic.

  102. Levent Sev

    How terrible to see all those cursing me and my culture and how pity for those sided ears and hearths on the subject of turcofobia .here me all….. If it is not the values which unite the the europe we dont want to be in your house ,if it is not the ideals which unite you for better future for humanity we sure dont want to be in your house,if it is not the ethical and moral values which unite you we sure dont want to be in your house ,if you think you are siting on the throne and we are trying to enter your garden without your permission sure we dont want to be in your house,if it is only a crusader oriented and turcofobia shaped intellect is governing your prejidist values and acts towards us of course we dont want to be in your house.

  103. Levent Sev

    I guess what will be left from your house will be broken walls and abonden lands,and you all will be thinking how did you all lost the last castle you have.my compliments comrades

  104. Levent Sev

    Remember we still have our hearths open for you like our arms since we have done for centruies when needed

  105. Pan Sol

    ask Turkey to redraw troops and settlers from Cyprus, FREEDOM for Cyprus

  106. Evangelos Koumentakos

    It is obvious that ppl do not know that NOTHING is going to change, because we are going to continue business as usual with commerce. …..hence all the tough rhetoric from EU institutions, including the Parliament, is nothing but bollocks

  107. Yanni Sfyrides

    Over and above the post coup crack down, there is the chronic occupation of Cyprus an EU member by Turkish troops.In 2016 Eu faces such a huge so embarassing problem! Where are the EU Fundamentals and the Institutions of EU?? It is a shame-FREE CYPRUS FROM TURKISH OCCUPATION.

  108. Luchian Mdm

    A country that put people in jail because their grandson go to a kindergarden Erdogan does not like has absolutely no place in the EU.

  109. Σαντυ Μπαλμπαγάδη

    It was Erdogans coup………..to isolate the people he doesn’t want in his country and of course to confuse the EE as they would prefer an Erdogan from the military. Wake up.

  110. Eugenia Serban

    Europe must response with disgust and inolerance for Erdogan, the tyrant.
    That s a dictatorship and a cruel one

  111. Tudor Nimara

    Cross their fingers investigations don’t reveal links between them and the coup organisers?

  112. Julia Hadjikyriacou

    Turkey does not belong to the EU. Especially as has been proven by the coup when normal Turkish citizens came to the streets in pajamas with machetes [that they kept at home?] and beheaded people. Turkey and it’s citizens do not share EU human values and are not to be trusted as they currently are to live in the EU.

  113. Yannick Herve

    La fondation de Georges Soros (OpenSociety) finance à peu près toutes les saloperies extremistes promouvant le communautarisme et l’européïsme. Les néonazis Ukrainiens en savent quelque chose et lui doivent beaucoup.

    Voila un listing de donations par pays, association, montant et justification.

    Les associations et partis eurobéats soi-disant ‘indépendants’ sont en bonne place dans cette propagande subventionnée.

    http://linkis.com/sli.mg/a/Dvev5

  114. Constantine

    Stop negotiations with Turkey and ban the Turkish membership.Turkey is an undemocratic country and most turkies have no respect to human rights and democracy as well.Also turkies are Muslims and this pose a threat for our western values.Islam is a threat for Europe and all of our Christian values.Just imagine what is going to happen if turkey become a member of EU.Millions of Muslims will come in Europe and we will be unable to do anything to protect our culture.So the solution is very simple.JUST CLOSE BORDERS TO ALL IMMIGRANTS AND STOP TALKING WITH TURKEY.WE EUROPEANS ARE UNITED AND NOBODY CAN THREAT US!!!

  115. Любомир Иванчев

    United Europe should officially announce complete withdrawal from support of Erdogan’s regime and take all possible legal actions to enforce sanctions and embargos on Turkey. A regime like that is a ticking bomb. Erdogan even now is twisting Europe’s hands by threatening to create an immigrant crisis. We need a stable secular government in Turkey, which can be negotiated with and reasoned with based on mutual respect and understanding. We don’t need a mobster to extort us.

  116. Gil

    ok, now it’s all HDP politicians been arrested. It’s obvious it’s no democracy anymore, what european union can do: Break the diplomacy, limit the economic trade like with russia, give a clear position against the power of Erdogan!

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