EU warns Turkey on purge of education sector over failed coup

The European Union says Turkey’s measures against the education system, the judiciary and the media following the failed coup are “unacceptable”.

 High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn said they were “concerned” by Turkey’s decision to declare a state of emergency which gives Turkey’s leaders “far reaching powers to govern by decree”.

Thousands of people have been sacked or arrested following the failed coup.

The two top EU officials urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respect the rule of law, rights and freedoms.

And they also warned Turkey over its decision to suspend the European convention of human rights, saying it must stick to the conditions by which a suspension is permitted.

Earlier, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Turkey to maintain a sense of proportionality in its response to the coup attempt.

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