Kılıçdaroğlu met with Merkel : “We expect European friends to stand with democracy”

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with main opposition leader, CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Feb. 3. 

Referring to CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s previous remarks to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that her visit to Ankara to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would work in favor of the latter’s upcoming referendum campaign, Merkel said she was pleased to hear the views of the opposition as well, according to sources familiar with the meeting. 

Kılıçdaroğlu said they expect “European friends to stand with democracy,” to which Merkel responded that she would continue to do so. 

Sources said they discussed the government’s post-coup attempt crackdown, state of emergency practices, and the constitutional amendment referendum likely in early April. 

The CHP leader noted that he was concerned about any referendum campaign taking place under the ongoing state of emergency, with widespread censorship of the media and limits to freedom of assembly.
 
Upon questions from Merkel about whether the CHP would be able to fully express its views during the referendum process, Kılıçdaroğlu referred to the heavy pressure on the media. 
Excerpt from HDN

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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