The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Finding A New Impetus
- Ünal Çeviköz, Former Ambassador of Turkey to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Iraq, Azerbaijan
- Marc Pierini, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe
- Ian Lesser, Vice President, Foreign Policy, and Executive Director, Transatlantic Center, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The future of EU–Turkey relations looked bright 15 years ago. Despite some concerns, both actors shared a common goal of close cooperation and eventual full Turkish membership in the European Union, and Turkey’s EU accession process was on track. Today, both parties are growing increasingly estranged. As neither the EU nor Turkey is currently keen on Turkey’s EU membership, a new impetus is needed for the future of the relationship. There are still several options in play: updating the EU-Turkey Customs Union, cooperation against terrorism, collaboration on energy issues, and a broader refugee deal. Working together productively in these areas would benefit both sides and present an opportunity to rebuild trust.
This discussion aims to provide an analysis of possible means of cooperation and paths for the future of EU–Turkey relations in the short term as well as in the long term.
This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events and analyses organized as part of the GMF-TOBB Fellowship on Turkey, Europe and Global Issues, launched by GMF in partnership with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
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