Turkey’s new prime minister faces tough scrutiny from European Union
Posted On May 24, 2021
Ankara, Turkey – A Turkish premier faces tough questions from the EU over his decision to appoint a controversial former ally of the ruling AK Party to head the state budget.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s move to appoint Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as the new head of the state-run budget has sparked criticism from the European Union and other countries, who have voiced concern over his authoritarianism.
Turkey has been rocked by a wave of anti-government protests in the past few months, as well as the recent killing of a Turkish politician in police custody.
Ataturko, who has ruled the country since 1995, is widely seen as a reformer and nationalist who wants to restore the Turkish economy to a more inclusive and prosperous state.
But European countries have also been quick to criticise the government, which has taken a hard line against protesters and protesters’ rights, and which has not been willing to back the EU’s proposed reforms.
Turkish officials have defended Ataturks appointment saying he was chosen for the job because of his political and economic expertise, which would strengthen the state.
Ataturk was appointed prime minister by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May after he was dismissed by the previous government for failing to reform the economy.
He was accused of trying to consolidate the power of the military by introducing austerity measures and a series of new taxes.
Turkish police and state security forces have been accused of abuses including the beating of people, arbitrary arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings.
In a rare public statement, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Ataturkos appointment “will have a profound impact on Turkey’s relations with its neighbours and with the European institutions”.
He said the move would also make it more difficult for EU member states to work together.
“The new Turkish prime minister has clearly demonstrated that he wants to create a new Turkish government, in which Turkey will remain a member of the European family,” Juncker told reporters in Brussels.
“But this will be a difficult task for him.”‘
We will see him soon’Yildirih has been criticised by some European leaders for his handling of the crisis.
He has faced intense criticism over his handling and his decision not to resign following the assassination of the pro-Kurdish politician, Bilal Öcalan.
The European Commission has called on Turkey to “immediately and fully” provide the body to which it was granted immunity, and to make a full account of all cases of torture and other abuses, and the rights of the detained.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said at a news conference on Thursday that Turkey must “stop being a party to the political crisis” in the country.