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Turkey Is Accused by EU Parliament of Democratic `Backsliding'

  • EU assembly also praises Ankara for cooperation on refugees
  • Resolution reflects mixed state of EU-Turkey relations

The European Parliament lashed out at Turkey for further eroding civil liberties and heaped praise on the country for stemming the flow of Mideast refugees in a snapshot of the chilly-yet-close state of Europe’s ties with Ankara.

In a resolution, the European Union assembly accused Ankara of “serious backsliding” on fundamental freedoms and stressed the importance of cooperating with the Turkish government to curb Europe’s biggest refugee wave since World War II. The 28-nation Parliament approved the non-binding resolution, which is an annual exercise, on Thursday in Strasbourg, France.