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Turkey’s historical engagement with the European Union has always had its ups and downs, but most of the time uncertainty played a huge part. The first interaction dates back to 1959 when Turkey applied for association to the European Economic Community (EEC).The Ankara Agreement, signed between Turkey and the EEC in 1963, gave the prospect to provide membership. However, in 1987 when Turkey applied for full EU membership, things got serious. Two years later Turkey’s application was confirmed, but rejected by the EU on the grounds that it has democratic deficiencies. Turkey entered final period of accession in 1995, after years of its transition process. However, in the EU Summit held in 1997, Turkey was not mentioned among candidate countries. Continue Reading »

The European Parliament (EP) has approved Turkey’s 2014 progress report for EU membership by 432 votes to 94, with 127 abstentions at a plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Turkey and the European Union have said that membership talks remain a “cornerstone” in their relations.

The statement came ahead of a fresh EU-Turkey Association Council meeting in Brussels on Monday.

It was also revealed on Sunday that Turkey is to receive 18 million euros ($20.5 million) from the EU to support the country as it shelters almost two million refugees from Syria. Continue Reading »

In a rare move, Turkey’s ruling party and two main opposition parties have come together to issue a joint statement to strongly condemn the European Parliament’s recent resolution terming the 1915 events “genocide.” Continue Reading »

Turkey and the EU Wednesday signed a joint declaration on energy cooperation, and launched a “High Level Energy Dialog” which will involve meetings at ministerial level at least once a year, the Turkish energy ministry said in a statement. Continue Reading »

The Turkish parliament speaker has urged European Union to open more chapters in Turkey’s accession bid into the union.  Continue Reading »

Portuguese Prime Minister Passos Coelho stressed Tuesday the need to enable Turkey’s accession to the European Union. Continue Reading »

Turkey is working to complete the requirements for European Union membership, said the country’s EU minister on Monday. Continue Reading »

A decade after first opening formal talks on European Union accession, Turkey has reinvigorated its application for EU membership with the launch of phase II of its Nation Action Plan. Turkey’s Ambassador to France, H.E. Hakki Akil, explains how his nation has been able to achieve robust growth amid regional and international turmoil, and declares that Turkey is now so strong economically that it would be a significant net contributor to the EU, should its application be accepted. Continue Reading »

Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkır, who is paying an official visit to Washington, D.C., this week, has stated that the EU does not have the luxury of denying membership to Turkey. Continue Reading »

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