>> Hands up, to keep Turkey out. The EU parliament voting Thursday to suspend membership talked with anchor. But that vote's symbolic rather than influential. The decision lies with the European Commission or EU governments and they've ignored calls to formally suspend an accession process that is already in limbo.
EU lawmakers said Turkish President, Tayyip Erdoğan wants to crack down on his opponents means the country does not meet the European Block's democratic criteria. Erdoğan's government has been on the offensive since an attempted coup almost a year ago. 50,000 people have been jailed pending trail and a 150,000 including soldiers, police officers, teachers and public servants suspended over alleged links with terrorist groups.
A constitutional referendum in April went in favor of Erdoğan and is set to hand him sweeping new powers. That too widening a rift between EU members and Ankara.>>
> Immigration is the ace in Turkey's hand. EU are keen not to undermine an agreement struck with last year. That deal effectively stopped migrants, like those pictured here being returned to Turkey, from reaching Greece>> That in turn easing an immigration crisis that had threatened EU unity.
Turkey has responded angrily to the EU parliament's gesture. European affairs minister Omer Celik attacking the EU parliament for allegedly failing to support Turkey following the coup attempt.>>