EU Rapporteur For Turkey Warns Turkish Talks Will Be Suspended If Erdogan Gets "Unchecked Powers"

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Just hours after the predictable passage of today's Turkish referendum, the EU has promptly slammed the outcome, warning it threatens to slide the country's collapse into "authoritarianism" and that Turkey's accession talks with the EU will be suspended if the constitutional package is implement as per today's outcome.

In a post on the website of Kati Piri, the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur warned that if the referendum package is implemented unchanged, "this will have to lead to the formal suspension of the EU accession talks. Continuing to talk about Turkey’s integration into Europe under the current circumstances has become a farce."

In her role as EU rapporteur for Turkey, Piri is responsible for drafting and presenting reports on Turkey’s progress to the EU parliament; rapporteurs are elected by other members of the European Parliament. Needless to say, her view of today's referendum is hardly enthusiastic:

The result of today’s vote is a major shift away from European values. Erdogan’s autocratic behaviour has deeply polarized Turkish society and harmed the economy. His accusations towards some EU leaders on ‘nazi practices’, seriously undermined Turkey’s credibility as a political partner.”

She then warns that after today's referendum result, Turkey would become an "authoritarian system" which will give President Erdogan "unchecked powers."

Which, of course, is the whole point.

As to how far Europe will go to antagonize Erdogan, recall that the Turkish president and soon, dictator, has some 2 million trump cards in the form of Syrian refugees contained inside Turkey's borders, all just waiting for the green sign to flood Europe and unleash even more populist havoc in a continent where populism has emerged as the single biggest threat to the legacy status quo.

Full note from her website:

In an unfair election environment, a narrow majority of the Turkish population has endorsed the constitutional package that will give President Erdogan unchecked powers – which will fit an authoritarian system.


“This is a sad day for all democrats in Turkey. It is clear that the country cannot join the EU with a constitution that doesn’t respect the separation of powers and has no checks and balances. If the package is implemented unchanged, this will have to lead to the formal suspension of the EU accession talks. Continuing to talk about Turkey’s integration into Europe under the current circumstances has become a farce,” says the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri.


Piri: “The result of today’s vote is a major shift away from European values. Erdogan’s autocratic behaviour has deeply polarized Turkish society and harmed the economy. His accusations towards some EU leaders on ‘nazi practices’, seriously undermined Turkey’s credibility as a political partner.”


“I will continue to stand by all those fighting for democracy and fundamental rights in Turkey. Today’s outcome shows that there are millions of Turkish citizens who share the same European values and who chose for a different future for their country. The EU should never close the door to them.”

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Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Apr 16, 2017 3:45 PM

Unfair Election Environment huh?  Are you talking about "Not winning the Popular Vote" here in the USA?

or let me guess...?  The Russians?


They are so pissed as they lose their Iron Fist of control.


eforce's picture

Looks like the migrants are almost definately going to get released on Europe this year...

Germany soon...

wee-weed up's picture

Release the Kraken (migrants)!

HowdyDoody's picture

The EU instructs Turkish voters to vote again and keep voting until they deliver the right result.

fx's picture

I feel very sorry for the Turkish people (i got to know quite a couple of them who are all very nice, decent, lovely people) that the laizist ataturk constitution was burnt today. That will be a very long crawl back from the Erdogan islamist black hole of terror reign.

At the same time, it is a blessing for us Europeans as the childish dreams and talks of Turkey becoming a EU-member are now dead, for all intents and purposes.

Secure the Turkish-Greek border and those 2 mln refugess become entirely the Sultan's problem. Which is only fair, since he had a large hand in creating this mess in the first place. Fvck this goatfvcker Erdogan!

Déjà view's picture

Erdo...send them all on an Euro P on vacation...perps responsible for Turkish 2m + problems...

BarkingCat's picture

No you dumb Euro bitch.

Turkey does not share Europe's values. Hell, Europe itself does not share the same values.

Additionally why should Turkey be part of the EU??

They are not a European country....and please don't anyone try to argue the opposite based on that small slither of land they occupy in Europe.

Lost in translation's picture

Not sure who to cheer for in this instance.

CorporateCongress's picture

Me neither but let's go #Winning , #FuckEmAll.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Lost in translation Apr 16, 2017 3:47 PM

The one thing I can make of that the EU is upset that "He" referred to the EU as Nazi's...sounds like that is the person you want....Right?

gatorengineer's picture

to be promptly walked back if Soros bus lines starts running again.....

Europe is done....

Sudden Debt's picture

I pitty the turks who are to dumb to realize what they've done...


they'll get what Americans got when they voted for Obama and who where still convinced that Hillary was also a good choice.


Some people are just to dumb to make choices for themselves and want to live in a totalitarian country.

And in Islam, individualisme is a bad thing.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

I don't think there was a real vote. I sure wouldn't want to explain to one of Erdogan's thugs why they shouldn't have complete and total power. Not after the fail coup de' tat. People that vote against dictators tend to be disappeared.

debtor of last resort's picture

Talks with 'Brussels' are suspended.....

Wake me up when the EU is threatening Turkey to send 10 million muzzies back to where they came from.

Upskirt Merkellized you fucking khalifat pig.

Ace006's picture

Let Turkey "unleash" all the "refugees" it wants.

Europe has the military and engineering means to seal the Turkish border. They aren't helpless but they pretend they are. 

European elites are traitors.

quax's picture

They aren't helpless

They aren't heartless.


TheLastTrump's picture

Turning away invaders from your borders is not heartless.

HenryHall's picture

>> Europe has the military and engineering means to seal the Turkish border.


And how, exactly, would they seal the Mediterranean Sea?

Vageling's picture

Naval patrol ships. Easy peasy. We already charted the stream. We send naval ships to do so.  

And I'm not referring to FRONTEX. They are complicit to human trafficking as well. Because that IS what it is. You can't tell them to sabotage their boat to force rescue. (Remember footage from some Italian fisher boat. Dumb invaders thought they had a smuggler boat and sunk their boat. All fighting to get on board killing each other in the process.) Should all be brought to court, each and every one of them! It's out in the open that this happens. My country should arrest the captains of those ships sailing under our flag, and JAIL THEM!!!! Human trafficking is a CRIME!!!

Along with EU officials that legalized human trafficking. YES FOLKS! The EU made it legal! 

Bring it on Ghordious! 

Besides. EU does not equal Europe. Europe will do fine without the EU. The EU, as the parasite it is, can't exist without Europe. Remember that my Murican cousins.  

quax's picture

Yes, it is when they come with but their cloth on their backs and baby in tow.

Very little reason though to let the young guys in who come without a familly.

TheLastTrump's picture

6SJ7GT "From the article, it looks like Obama was doing the same thing with congressional opponents of his Iran deal.

“At some point, the administration weaponized the NSA’s legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents,” says a pro-Israel political operative who was deeply involved in the day-to-day fight over the Iran Deal.

“The NSA’s collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism—activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners. We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having. At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia. After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on.”



HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Apr 16, 2017 4:36 PM

Europe is finally realize that Erdogan wanted to be a dictator? WTF took them so long to realize that? Jeez.

Vageling's picture

They knew. They tried to bribe him. You see. I see some wrong facts reported everywhere. It's not 3 bln €. It's 6! (so called cost for the "refugee" (I wish people stopped abusing that word because the majority are NOT refugees) Which has not been paid fully yet. Also the EU is handing out "EBT" cards to invaders (most are NOT refugees from Syria, again) in Turkey. So European taxpayers are paying that as well. 

And what does Erdogan do? Create a 5,9 bln $ arms manufacturing in their own country. A lot of monet to manufacture weapons. That should have been a signal! Defacto, EU paid for their own slaughter. 

Again... Ghordious. Bring it. Wave your fucking paper around ignoring what's really going on because your paper says otherwise. Oh the "EBT" is on paper, HiHi! 

Also this is something the Turks will regret. I doubt they even looked at those 18 points. From now on it is impossible for any opposition to gain ground. Parliament has no say anymore on the budget. With a majority of parliament they can start elections anytime they please. In the EU way. Do it over and over untill the desired results are in. 

But that ZH missed this?! Soldiers are excluded from voting as well as people related to the military. Also he limited the parties that can provide a President. Meaning in 2019 Erodogan just eliminated 3 candidates. It de facto became a one party system. Like North-Korea to name an example. 

I doubt the Turks ever read any of it. Just on the feeling, Make the Ottoman Empire great again... They voted yes. They will be very dissapointed. Erdogan is member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Make the World Islam and a hellhole. For now the EU is selling la-la-land. But many people are waking up. Hence the EU is scared shitless. Hence you get that BS in France where they refuse to take action to prevent voting fraud. 

Baronneke's picture

"She then warns that after today's referendum result, Turkey would become an "authoritarian system" which will give President Erdogan "unchecked powers."


Sounds like the US to me, where Trump and the Deep State keeps on bombing the living shit out of everybody without consulting the United Nations or other organizations first. But I assume, because it is's all ok.  No one dare to stand up to America. 


Don't understand me wrong. I think the American people are great people, it's just the politicians, Banksters and the military who keeps fucking around, just to make as much money as possible, instead of putting tens of millions people back to work, give shelter to hundreds of thousands homeless people and so on and so on. 

Vageling's picture

In a sense. The US has congress. As Turkey has a parliament. However congress seem to be properly vetted not to do their jobs as the Turkish parliament doesn't even have those powers no more either. Erdogan can override a lot. The Obama way.  So yes. National parliaments in the EU member (I agree more with Orban view when he called it being taken hostage by Brussels) states are more and more being excluded. The whole system is being sabotaged!

Fuck... A leak in my country showed official EU notes that clearly stated: "DO NOT INFORM PARLIAMENT!"

The system is dead. Deal with it. Voting doesn't matter no more. 

sidfalco's picture



Jeez, the EU are bunch of spineless fuckers.

Vageling's picture

All show! They are now trying to get Ukraine in the EU as well. You aren't suppose to know. But leaks, eh? 

They said they will cancel the process if Erdogan reinstates the death penalty. Wanna bet they won't? 

JLM's picture

The unelected rulers of the EU will not let Turkey play the same game.  At least Turkey makes a pretense of elections and voter will.

VK's picture

Lol, the hypocrisy.

“The result of today’s vote is a major shift away from European values. Erdogan’s autocratic behaviour has deeply polarized Turkish society and harmed the economy. His accusations towards some EU leaders on ‘nazi practices’, seriously undermined Turkey’s credibility as a political partner.”

The same Europe which runs an autocratic bureaucracy in the form of the EU that doesn't listen to its very own people? The same EU that has crushed the Southern European economy? The same EU that supports Nazis in the Ukraine?

Vageling's picture

Yes, my friend. That stupid supranational entity called EU (Kollektiv). I'm ashamed as European. How do I explain this to other people around the globe? There is no justification other than handing out the kool aid. 

OliverAnd's picture

The irony here is that the Turks living in the EU overwhelmingly voted in favor of Erdogan to get authoritarian powers.  Does this indirectly show that the Turks living in Europe are against European values?  Is it time to clean up Europe and return society based on European values?  Instead of funding groups of people against European values, the Europeans need to fund European families to have children in order to sustain their population; Australia has a great system to help new families to sustain their population.  Bringing in a flood of foreigners whether good or bad, changes the demographics and thus essential European values.  If need be they can have foreigners apply for residency but it is very important they do it at a much much slower pace.  Over one million refugees in less than one year in Germany can only be a liability for Germans and Europe as a whole.  Europe needs to find a solution of its declining population within its borders.

TheWrench's picture

So tell me, who is the bigger threat to the EU, Erdogan or Assad? Ok, then maybe Syria shouldn't be where the Tomahawks land.

jet20's picture

The biggest threat is Merkel! If that hasn't been clear since 2015...

Vageling's picture

Meh... Let me enlighten you. It was NOT Merkel's plan. It was created by some NGO (Soros ties, gee how surprising) and Merkel just took it. It was suppose to be the Merkel-Samson plan... Accept Samson's coalition partner (Rutte as boss) didn't want any of that. So it became the Merkel plan. Merkel just took the papers and executed it. 

These NGO's are the REAL threat! As you can see. Hungary and co is under attack by the EU trying to shut these fuckers down. 

jet20's picture

The key take away from this referendum is that Turks in Continental Europe (opposed to UK/US) have voted for dictator Erdogan at much higher percentages than even in their home country!

So Europe has not just done a great job at mass immigration of peoples from the most incompatible and aggressive religion, but made sure to import the most radical and least integratable specimens. Well done Europe!

Nona Yobiznes's picture

Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black?

EU, allow Europeans to elect members to the European Commission and/or allow the Parliament to pass legislation before slamming anyone else for 'unchecked powers'.

Joe A's picture

Suspension is not abolishment.

Good news is that almost half of Turks said No. Erdogan really received a small mandate but enough apparently to enforce his proposal. There were widespread "irregularities".

The EU btw. is rather funny when it comes to European values because apparently they don't have problems with participating in overthrowing democratically elected governments causing death and destruction.

Concertedmaniac's picture

I laughed. The EU is a morally bankrupt authoritarian regime that needs a topplin'

Vageling's picture

If you have a legal way how? Enlighten me. By design it's a just us club. The EU is like a butcher grading it's own meat. They elect each other. The peoples have zero say. They can elect the powerless bottom layer but have no say on the top layer.

But as I sated before on ZH. What is democracy? People expect more of it than it is. Because in a sense, the top layer is "democratically" elected. Just not by the people.  Democracy is dead in the sense, people have no say. What the majority of the people think is irrelevant. In a sense that's still some form of democracy. By design if I may add. 

Vageling's picture

Now can somebody explain "European values" to me? A buncha cult fuckers in Brussels with some ideology I don't fully support became "European values"? Fuck off! Always micro-managing these cult morons. Tapping on the chest with their virtue signaling. Weak ass nobodies. If they see a snake they go lie in the fetal position hoping the snake goes away. Corrupt fuckers. Or is that "European values"? The sky is the limit when it comes to corruption? 

Criminals are misunderstood and the victims become the suspects... Yeah, FUCK THOSE "European values". Or some eurocrats fleecing their pockets. Yeah nice "European values".