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Turkey-EU Relations, Problems and Prospects

Second, the EU must provide a substantial economic contribution to Turkey. According to a report prepared a few years ago, the yearly net contribution of the EU to Turkey would be around 11 billion EUR, 8.5 billion of which would go to agriculture. Since major budget increases are not currently permitted by the Union, the benefits of some member countries would need to be cut to offer Turkey this kind of contribution; and this is a real issue that needs to be discussed with courage and frankness. However, to keep Turkey for such a long time at the doorsteps of Europe might also exact an important economic and political price. Therefore, member countries might want to take a serious and well-thought-out look at their decision, bearing in mind long term interests. This author’s opinion is that if the Europe’s were alive today, they would probably decide to accelerate the Turkish membership process. History is full of missed opportunities; and hopefully, future historians will not refer to the Turkish membership process as another missed opportunity. Hopefully Turkey’s European friends will not ask themselves, who lost Turkey?

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Turkey on the European Doorstep  

A Publication based on the International Conference organised at the European Parliament/Brussels by Dr. ELENI THEOCHAROUS, Member of the Eu...

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