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>> Erdogan's purge following July's failed coup, the catalyst for many European lawmakers to question it's accession talks. More than 125,000 people including soldiers, academics, judges, journalists and Kurdish leaders have been detained or dismissed over their alleged backing of the push.
ponents, rights groups, and some western allies say it's an attempt to crush all dissent.
A sacked Turkish general telling Reuters it's inflicting deep long term damage on the country's army.>> What I mean is some government officials manipulated these orders to expel innocent people like me.>> Thursday's vote in Strasbourg is not binding though, and some analysts fear it will simply prompt Turkey to harden its position further.
Only a few days ago, Erdogan was quoted as saying that Turkey didn't need to join the EU at all costs. And could instead sign up to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a bloc dominated by China and Russia.>>