A German politician has called for ending the accession talks between the European Union and Turkey following Ankara's decision to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
Florian Hahn, the CDU/CSU's parliamentary group's spokesperson on European affairs, urged giving a response to Turkey's move, saying that it was "a provocation of the common European culture."
He also said that Ankara's move shows the "alienation of Turkey that has been growing for years" from the EU.
"We should have the courage to end the EU accession negotiations with Turkey," Hahn said.
Die Nutzung der #HagiaSophia als Moschee steht symbolisch für die wachsende Entfremdung zw. EU und der Türkei unter #Erdogan. Es kann daher nur eine Konsequenz geben: Die Beitrittsverhandlungen mit der Türkei müssen beendet werden! Sie sind nur noch Farce.https://t.co/vhA7wg5aIH— Florian Hahn (@hahnflo) July 10, 2020
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