Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 01/2015

A Moment of Opportunity in the EU-Turkey Relationship

Marc Pierini, Sinan √úlgen

December 2014

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Relations between Ankara and Brussels are about more than Turkey’s potential accession to the European Union (EU). The relationship is diversified, but it needs to be deepened and modernized. While Turkey’s EU membership vocation should be maintained, Ankara and Brussels should take steps to update their partnership and vastly improve cooperation on current challenges that are of vital importance for both.