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EU says will assess planned Turkish constitutional changes
March 13, 2017 / 12:24 PM / 9 months ago

EU says will assess planned Turkish constitutional changes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will assess planned Turkish constitutional changes in light of the country’s status as a candidate for EU membership, the European Commission said on Monday.

Having survived a military coup in July, Turkish president President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the referendum is needed to stabilise the country, though European politicians have criticised his approach.

“The proposed amendments, if approved at the referendum of 16 April, and especially their practical implementation, will be assessed in light of Turkey’s obligations as an EU candidate country and as a member of the Council of Europe,” the European Commission said in a statement.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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