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Turkey Put on Council of Europe Watchlist Over Rights Record

  • Council agency reopens monitoring for first time since 2004
  • Turkey says it will have to ‘reconsider’ relations with group
Pedestrians pass a giant Turkish national flag hanging from a building in Ankara, Turkey, on Dec. 20, 2016.
Source: Bloomberg
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Turkey’s relations with Western allies frayed further after a Council of Europe agency put the country on its watch list, saying its crackdown on opponents compromised human rights and the rule of law.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to reopen the so-called monitoring procedure was politically motivated and would lead to a review of ties. The lira fell.