“EU should pressure Turkey to respect freedom of religion”


European Union


Muslims in front of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. The mosque was originally builtby the Roman emperor Justinian I as the Christian cathedral of Constantinople for the state church of the Roman Empire. It was converted into a mosque later on. Photo EPA, Erdem Sahin

The EU should increase political pressure on Turkey, to respect the freedom of religion of its religious minorities, like Christians. As long as religious freedom is violated, Turkey should not be able to become an EU member state, Christian MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen (ECR) argued.