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Turkey and the EU

The decades-long process of Turkey's accession to the European Union is still causing polarisation of positions not only within the Union but in Turkey itself. In this subject euinside aims at providing a territory for debates that could assist citizens and politicians in forming their positions on the issue "for" or "against" Turkey's membership in the EU.

2 January 2017 14:45 EU Has Lost Its Transformative Power. Enlargement Hits a Dead End

For the first time in the recent history of EU enlargement the year ended without conclusions for the candidate countries. This is one of the biggest news of the December European Council, held on 15 December in Brussels. Traditionally, every December, the leaders of the member states ...

22 July 2016 10:49 Turkey's EU Path Entering a Dead-end Street

Following the failed coup in Turkey, the European Union keeps advancing into the Hamletian dilemma – should Turkey be part of the Union, or not – and realises more and more that there is far more than one answer to this question. The problems are on several levels and a large porti ...

30 April 2016 14:36 No Uncomfortable Questions For Mr Erdoğan in Croatia

The big event in Croatia this week was the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan  for the first time in 10 years. He visited Croatia in 2006 in his capacity of prime minister just a year after the two states officially started their EU membership negotiations. Croatia is a membe ...

31 March 2016 17:44 Doctor Europe and Mister Turkey

On March 18th, at yet another EU summit, the leaders of member states and Turkey shook hands on a deal, which will not save Europe from the refugees and will not mend the disintegration cracks, neither will it guarantee the restart of the eurointegration process in Turkey. At first glance, it ...

7 January 2016 11:09 EU Enlargement Entering Geopolitical Mode

The year 2015 opened new pages in one of the oldest EU community policies – enlargement. This process was thrown in the cellar during the euro area crisis, the war in the Ukraine, and all the problems springing up in the Middle East and North Africa right when it was the turn of the m ...

31 August 2016 10:05 In Its Current State Turkey Cannot Become EU Member

One of the first subjects the European Parliament tackled after its summer break was the situation in Turkey after the coup attempt of July 15. Cause for the debate in the EP’s foreign affairs committee was the visit to Turkey of the committee’s boss Elmar Brok (EPP, German ...

6 May 2016 13:19 Bulgarian Foreign Minister: The EU Was Late with Turkey

The European Union was late paying attention to Turkey’s warnings about the problematic migration situation there and the fact that the EU would also be affected. And these warnings had been coming for a very long time, but the EU missed them, said Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov i ...

6 April 2016 09:56 EU Enlargement Is Going the Route of "Titanic"

The EU’s enlargement policy has turned in recent years from the most successful into the weakest and least perspective community policy. After in the summer of 2013 the EU swallowed the 28th member, the process got stuck in the quagmire of geopolitics, reforms fatigue and the European Un ...

13 March 2016 14:22 Did the EU Sell Its Soul to Turkey?

Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. This is an old method of doing things that was administered to the Turkey negotiations last Monday (March 7). What the leaders of the 28 member states and Turkey agreed on is just a framework, which is yet to be filled with details in order ...

2 December 2015 15:20 Not the Tango, Nor the Macarena, Rather a Mambo Number 5 in Europe

Jean-Claude Juncker loves using the metaphor of the tango. It is often part of his speech when he talks about negotiating with Great Britain about its remaining a part of the EU. He used it in the press conference after the end of the unique summit of the 28 EU member states and Turkey. To a que ...

 
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Adelina Marini
EU foreign ministers are meeting today in #Malta to discuss future relations with #Turkey after the controversial referendum there. The ministers were cautious before the start of the informal meeting and no one spoke clearly about a suspension of the accession negotiations with Turkey. Some of them are very worried by the situation with human rights and democracy, like Dutch Minister Bert Koenders. His Luxembourg colleague Jean Asselborn said that free, democratic and rule of law Turkey is dead and the EU has to find a way to work with the new Turkey. Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini said he was very worried by the situation of democracy and human rights. What is needed is to obey the rule of law, he said. Slovenia Foreign Minster Karl Erjavec focused on the migration deal with Turkey. His Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto spoke directly: We need Turkey because of the migration deal, which means we forget about the rest. If we want to bash Turkey, then we have to forget about the migration deal. Slovakia's Miroslav Lajcak disagreed. According to him, EU membership is a matter of values and these values need to be supported by concrete actions. According to him, Turkey needs EU more than vise versa. To the Czech top diplomat Lubomir Zaoralek, the only red line is the death penalty. Lithuania's Linas Linkevicius thinks that sanctions and pressure don't work. What needs to be done is to talk and listen. Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn said the current situation is unsustainable and the EU needs to think what the shape of future relations should be. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said the EU needs a serious, in-depth, frank and sincere discussion on Turkey. During the meeting the ministers will talk to their Turkish counterpart and in the evening Ms Mogherini will have a bilateral meeting with him.
28 April 2017 12:51
Adelina Marini #Mogherini was not very clear on the visa liberalisation for #Turkey
28 April 2017 19:09
Adelina Marini
#EUCO #Brexit Negotiations on the future EU-UK relations can start only when an agreement has been reached on the following issues: guarantees for the citizens and their families that are effective, enforceable, non-discriminatory and comprehensive, and which should be accompanied by simple and smooth administrative procedures; agreement on the UK's financial commitments; and finally settling the issue with Ireland. This is said in the inivitation letter of European Council President Donald Tusk to the leaders of the member states, who are gathering tomorrow for a special summit to agree the negotiating positions of the 27 for UK's exit
28 April 2017 11:04
Adelina Marini
The press conference after the monthly #ECB Governing Council meeting is starting. Stay tuned for live updates
27 April 2017 14:33
Adelina Marini #Draghi: The balance between geopolitical and domestic risks has changed. Domestic risks have decreased but the geopolitical risks have increased
27 April 2017 15:16
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