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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 »

Energy cooperation, trade volume and EU membership topped a high-level meeting on Monday between Hungary and Turkey’s foreign ministers in Ankara.

During a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Hungary’s Peter Szijjarto said: “I would like to stress that we look to Turkey as an important partner of the EU and Hungary. We support all kinds of negotiations and talks between Turkey and the EU.”

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It was announced Monday that EU leaders have agreed to share intelligence not only with member states, but also with other countries, including Turkey, Egypt and Gulf states in order to combat terrorism. Continue Reading »

BRUSSELS – The European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey’s accession into EU has called for opening of chapters on judiciary and fundamental rights so that urgent reforms can be implemented in the country. Continue Reading »

BRUSSELS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Turkey and the European Union sought to minimise their differences on Thursday when Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Brussels and offered more cooperation in the fight against Islamic State. Continue Reading »

Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Gazprom giant on Wednesday urged the European Union to link up to its planned energy pipeline to Turkey or lose the gas that now transits Ukraine. Continue Reading »

A more inclusive EU would symbolize a new era of global cooperation, validating Turkey’s record as a meaningful partner, writes Yusif Babanly. Yusif Babanly is the co-founder of the U.S. Azeris Network (USAN)

As ISIS further disrupts the Middle East and the Ukraine crisis stokes fears about European energy security this winter, the EU must reconsider its attitude toward Turkey’s EU membership and further cultivate its ties with this rare Muslim ally. In that increasingly chaotic region, doing so would send positive, reassuring signals to other Muslim partners that support Europe’s efforts to ensure its security, but are confounded by its apparent double-standards, and might soon as a result begin to rethink their geopolitical allegiances. Continue Reading »

EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkır will pay a two-day working visit to Brussels on Nov. 11-12 for talks on Turkey’s European Union membership bid.
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Freedom and pluralism of the media are key issues potential candidate states are being asked to take into account in order to be a part of the European Union, Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson for the European Commission, said when asked to evaluate an expanding media accreditation ban being placed on certain media outlets by the Turkish government.
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