December 28, 2012

Turkey, EU Ties Still Important

Financial Times, Financial Times

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Turkey's accession talks with the European Union (EU) started in October 2005, were partly suspended in December 2006 and slowed to a halt four years later. The receding prospect of EU membership has served the short-term interests of certain political leaders in Ankara and Western European capitals. But in the long run it will benefit neither Turkey nor the EU. Each side should treat next year as an opportunity to rebuild a relationship important for the prosperity and security of Europe and its neighbourhood.

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