The leaders of the European Parliament's largest group has called for the European Union (EU) to halt membership talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges, the Euro News website reports today (November 22, 2016).
"Our message to Turkey is very clear: accession negotiations should be frozen immediately," said Manfred Weber, the head of the largest faction in the European Parliament, the center-right European People's Party.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- who has tried unsuccessfully for several years to allow Turkey to join the EU -- said the EU will have to "live with the consequences," if the decision is taken to stop Turkey's admission talks.
More than 125,000 people in Turkey have been suspended or dismissed over July's failed military coup. Some 36,000 have been arrested and media outlets closed.