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EU Enlargement Commissioner on Turkey's referendum results

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With constitutional change having won the support of the majority in Turkey, Sergio Cantone of euronews sounded out Stefan Füle, the EU Enlargement Commissioner, on how he sees Turkey’s direction for the future.

Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement: I am concerned that the referendum has contributed to the polarisation of society. I’m one of those who strongly believe that the European agenda, that democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms should unite the state’s orders — government and opposition — and not be a source of division in society.

Sergio Cantone, euronews:
As a European Union Commissioner, are you worried about the reform of the judiciary?

Füle:
What we need to look at is the implementation of particularly two issues which were part of this constitutional package. I think the implementation is the key to see that the legislation, which is to follow… that it really allows Turkey to implement the constitutional package.

euronews:
Is the judiciary independent, according to you, now, in Turkey?

Füle:
I hope that after this constitutional law they will be more representative, more independent. That’s definitely the hope of the Commission.

euronews:
Is Turkey going to be the ‘perfect candidate’ [for joining the EU] after this referendum?

Füle:
I don’t know if it will be the perfect candidate, but I’m sure it will be a better candidate. It was a good decision to vote in favor of this constitutional package.