Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will make his first visit to Brussels for five years where he will meet EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
The EU has been critical of Erdogan’s response to a sweeping corruption inquiry, clearing out hundreds of police officers and raising concern about a roll-back of reforms meant to strengthen independence of judiciary.
That will put a new round of EU membership talks which began two months ago into a rather tricky light. They had already been delayed after Brussels took a dim view of the way Erdogan cracked down on anti-government demonstrators over the summer.
While Erdogan is in Brussels, parliament’s general assembly will debate a draft law reforming the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, which makes judicial appointments.
The government extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and telecoms regulators and state TV at the end of last week, firing dozens of executives in a widening backlash against the corruption probe which has embroiled some of Erdogan’s ministers and their relatives.