'European Parliament vote on Turkey will do nothing to encourage reform'

November 24, 2016 18:19

The European Parliament's vote for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Turkey will do nothing to encourage reforms and is populist and short-sighted, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Thursday.

Simsek, who has pushed for economic reforms in Turkey, made the comments on Twitter hours after EU lawmakers took their decision because of Turkey's "disproportionate" reaction to July's failed coup. The vote is non-binding and EU governments are unlikely to take heed.

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