Turkey still aims to join the EU, its authoritarian leader has said, in an election campaign marred by censorship and judicial attacks on opponents.
His speech comes amid EU concerns that the upcoming election, on 24 June, will move Turkey further away from the democratic norms at the heart of EU entry criteria by altering the country’s constitution and concentrating too much power in his presidential office.
Those norms have already come under attack in Erdogan’s purge after a failed coup in 2016, which saw him jail over 150,000 people, including 192 journalists, and which saw the EU freeze membership talks in response.
The election campaign, which is taking place under an ongoing state of emergency, has highlighted the same problems despite Erdogan’s pro-EU rhetoric.
CHP EU Representation