The European Commission’s latest progress report, which is slated to be published in Strasbourg on Tuesday, will describe what the Turkish government has labelled the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) and accuses of masterminding the July 2016 coup, as a terror group, pro-government NTV news website claimed.
The claim has not been confirmed by independent sources.
In the upcoming report, which has been described as German broadcaster Deutsche Welle as Turkey’s ‘’most damning evaluation yet,’’ precautions taken by Ankara in order to protect its democratic institutions will be described as ‘’legitimate,’’ the news site argued.
Should the progress report, which will be noting that Ankara has “suffered serious relapses in the areas of justice, rule of law, fundamental rights and freedom of expression,” describe ”FETÖ” as a terrorist organization, it will be a first by the bloc.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to lash out at the West for their failure to recognize the group as a terrorist organization.
Composed of the followers of exile preacher Fethullah Gülen, the Gülent movement, or ‘’FETÖ’’ as described by the government, was allied to Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) until a power struggle divided the groups in 2013.