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EU Cuts Funding to Turkey in 2018 Budget

EU Cuts Funding to  Turkey in 2018 Budget

BRUSSELS - An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankara’s commitment to democracy and human rights.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had led calls for a cut to the funds, which are linked to Turkey’s stalled bid to join the bloc, following mass-scale arrests in the country since the failed July 2016 coup.
MEPs and member states have agreed to reduce the “pre-ascension funds” by 105 million euros ($124 million) and froze an additional 70 million euros of previously announced spending.
In a statement, lawmakers said “they consider the deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights worrying”. Turkey has dismissed more than 140,000 officials since the coup attempt, and arrested another 50,000, including opposition politicians, academics, journalists, activists and EU citizens.
The German government has warned its citizens against travelling to Turkey as they risk “arbitrary” arrest. (AFP)