Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once said, “Democracy is like a bus ride. Once I get to my stop, I’m getting off.” Prophetic words, especially when you look at the massive purge now under way following the failed coup on July 15–16. Speaking to France 24’s Armen Georgian, Marc Pierini was asked to comment on democracy in Turkey following the failed coup attempt and on the deep realities of EU-Turkey relations.

This interview was originally aired by France 24.