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European Parliament crushes Turkey’s dreams of EU integration

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference in Riga October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR4BAG2

479 lawmakers in the European Parliament voted in favor while only 37 rejected the resolution. The decision comes a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called into question the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, saying, “In no way is it [Lausanne Treaty] a sacred text, and of course we will discuss it.”

The Lausanne Treaty of 1923 was signed following the end of the First World War, and replaced the Treaty of Sevres, which resulted in the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. The Lausanne Treaty defined the boundaries of the modern Turkish Republic and included provisions under which Ankara lost control over vast territories, which are now parts of Syria, Greece, Libya, Saudi Arabia and other countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Erdogan’s recent statements, which was reported by The Duran’s Alex Christoforou, has rattled an already tense relationship between Turkey and Greece. In September, Erdogan criticized the Lausanne Treaty saying it was forced on Turkey by its opponents, adding that Turkey gave up islands with Turkish properties and mosques to Greece under the treaty.

Sputnik further reports:

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on November 4 that the EU was “gravely concerned” by the crackdown in Turkey after the July coup attempt. European politicians are dissatisfied with renewed attempts to reinstate the death penalty in Turkey, as well as by closures of media outlets, arrests of journalists and Kurdish opposition leaders that have rocked the country after a military faction made an unsuccessful bid to overthrow the Turkish president on July 15-16.

Turkey signed an association agreement with the then-European Community in 1963, and submitted a membership application in 1987. Talks about Ankara’s membership of the European Union began in 2005. The negotiations on Turkish EU membership have been repeatedly suspended due to the Cyprus dispute and Turkey’s record of denying press freedom, among other obstacles.

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