European Commission Urges Turkey to Speed up Political Reforms

Brussles (BBC)–The European Commission will call on Turkey to speed up political reforms if it is to make progress towards membership of the European Union. The call comes in an annual progress report, due out next Tuesday, the BBC reports.
The report says Turkey needs to do more to safeguard freedom of expression, civilian control over the military and the rights of Kurds and non-Muslims.
The commission will also warn EU hopefuls in the Balkans that they need to tackle corruption and ethnic prejudice.
The report is especially tough, according to one EU official, because for two years in a row nothing much has happened to improve fundamental rights in Turkey.
The commission urges Ankara to renew the momentum of political reform if it is to make progress towards EU membership in the next year.

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