Briefing on EU-Turkey leaders meeting in Varna, Bulgaria

05 April 2018

Turkey’s chances of joining the European Union are more remote than ever, but mutual interests mean a close relationship in likely to continue, potentially in a new form  

  • Relations have improved in recent months, but Turkey’s accession to the EU continues to stagnate amid tension on both sides
  • However, the fortunes of Turkey and the EU remain inextricably linked by shared economic and security considerations, as well as close historical and political ties
  • The emergence of a new partnership, shaped by the direction of the EU post-Brexit, is therefore becoming the most likely future scenario

A high-level summit between Turkey and the EU has seen little significant outcome, a result welcomed by both sides as a sign of normalisation after a period of growing tensions. The Turkish delegation, led by President Erdogan, met European Commission President Junker and European Council President Tusk in the Bulgarian city of Varna on March 26 to discuss a growing range of contentious issues…

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