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Advocates call for greater focus on democratic rights in Turkey ahead of European summit

As European leaders prepare to review EU-Turkey relations in a summit this week, advocates urged greater links between future cooperation and improvements in basic rights and the rule of law in Turkey.
European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic gestures during the European Parliament plenary session to prepare the European Council meeting of June 24-25, in Brussels, on June 23, 2021.

ISTANBUL — Faced with a packed agenda for the June 24-25 European Council summit in Brussels, European leaders will once more assess relations with Turkey on a number of critical issues and plot out the road ahead for bilateral cooperation.

Top items to be discussed include migration management and an extension of the “positive agenda” set forth in the Council’s March statement linking advancements in EU-Turkey trade talks to continued progress on territorial disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean, which deeply strained Greece-Turkey relations in 2020.

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