The EU – Turkey relations and the situation in the neighboring country were discussed during the European Council’s working dinner which was held yesterday.
A common place in the European leaders’ placements was that Turkey is moving away from the Copenhagen criteria, and in particular from democratic values and the rule of law, while there was also concern about its role in the region. Therefore, the Summit decided to consider cutting back the funds allocated to Ankara as part of its stagnant accession process.
In his speech, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stressed that democracy and the rule of law in Turkey could potentially affect Greece’s defense, security and public order.
Prime Minister Tsipras referred extensively to the Turkish offensive air traffic activity in the Aegean, stressing that this activity, coupled with Turkey’s attitude towards the Republic of Cyprus, should be crucial issues regarding Euro-Turkish relations.