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EU-Turkey relations reach new level with visa liberalisation on the cards

The European Union took steps this week towards removing visa requirements for Turkish citizens, in a move that signals a snowballing unification between Ankara and the 28-member bloc. Turkey and Brussels will sign an agreement allowing EU governments to send back illegal immigrants crossing into Europe from Turkey. In return,...

Posted on 04 December 2013

Turkey’s European Union membership back on the agenda in Brussels

Turkey could be about to take a step closer to joining the European Union (EU), after the EU Council confirmed that next month it will resume talks with Turkey about its membership of the 28-nation EU bloc, following a three-year break from discussions. Recent talks on Turkey’s membership were postponed...

Posted on 22 October 2013

Renewed Vigour In EU Accession Progress Continues

More progress towards EU accession for Turkey as European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle called for the opening of the energy chapter of negotiations. “The [European] Commission thinks that Turkey is ready to negotiate the energy chapter,” Füle said in a written statement to the European...

Posted on 20 April 2013

Turkish EU Negotiations Regaining Traction

Turkey's EU candidacy looks like getting back on track as senior EU officials put their weight behind a new push, with support from Ankara. Turkey's EU accession negotiations were opened in 2005 but soon hit a brick wall. Only 13 out of the 35 negotiation chapters have even been opened,...

Posted on 14 March 2013

Turkey to Open New EU Chapter with Help of France

According to Turkish EU minister Egemen Bagis Turkey submitted an action plan for opening a new EU accession chapter, having fullfilled the benchmarks neccesary to open said negotiation chapter. The news follows an announcement from the new French administration that it would help Turkey to get Chapter 22, “Regional Policy...

Posted on 23 February 2013

Turkey Presenting Draft Action Plan to EU

According to EU Minister Egemen Bagis, Turkey is due to present a draft action plan concerning the opening of a new chapter in its bid for European Union membership. Apparently it has fulfilled the benchmarks for the opening of a new negotiation chapter which will be presented to the EU...

Posted on 19 February 2013

Turkish Trade Deficit Sees Big Decrease, Other News

The foreign trade deficit is known to be one of Turkey's few remaining economic problems. However, according to the latest data the foreign trade deficit shrank by almost 35% on the year in September. The figures, from Turkstat show that a 21% increase to $13 billion in exports, combined with...

Posted on 01 November 2012

UK Due to Help Turkey with EU Bid

The UK recently announced it would support Turkey’s bid to join the EU during a visit to the country's by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The UK will help Turkey bring its judiciary up to the standard required by the European Union. In order to achieve this, a project...

Posted on 06 October 2012

Turkey and EU Announce New Recipe to Put Accession Talks Back on the Menu

In the hopes of freeing up the blockage on Turkey's EU Accession campaign, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule have put their collective weight behind a new "positive agenda" to put the negotiations back on track. "This is a special day in our relations,"...

Posted on 17 May 2012

Turkey Renews Call on EU to Lift Visa Requirements

The chief negotiator and European Union Minister for Turkey, Egemen Bagis, has once again called on EU executives to lift visa requirements for Turkish citizens. Bagis has formally written to European commissioners and the European Parliament as well as the European media, members of non-governmental organisations and think tank organisations,...

Posted on 05 April 2012