The first vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to respect the results of local elections that lost his control control partner on Ankara and Istanbul.
"Turkey has been very busy in recent years. We hope that this will not be worse [ruling Justice and Development party] AKP does not respect the election results, "said a Dutch Commission official with Welt Am Sonntag in an interview published on Saturday.
In local elections last Sunday, AKP conservative Erdoan lost control in some capitals, including Ankara, the capital, and the country's largest city, Istanbul. The party said soon after the vote that it would fight the results, lodge appeals in elections in some cities, capitals and provincial districts.
The parties have the right to call election results if they have legitimate doubts, Timmermans told the German newspaper. "But it is important that Turkish authorities can independently verify the result of the election and that the AKP finally recognizes the outcome," he said. "That is what we expect, as is democracy."
By voting for parties that support the adoption of European values, citizens of the country made a clear signal to the government, which Timmermans said. "Erdoan must acknowledge that and try to bring his policies closer to the values of Europe."
Breaking talks with Turkey over its accession to the EU would mean a mistake and "disappointment" to the pro-European forces in the country, the President of the Commission, Timmermans, who is the European Social Party. at the May European election, the paper also said.
"I know Turkey is attractive from the EU. But it is not in the interests of the European Union to lock the door now and lock it completely by breaking accession negotiations," he said.