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Senior officials from Turkey and the EU will meet at a summit in Varna on March 26, hoping to move toward normalizing relations after nearly two years of tension. Although expectations for a breakthrough on key issues like visa liberalization, upgrading the customs union, and reviving Ankara’s accession process are low, it is still important that the two sides are continuing to engage, listen to each other and more importantly continue to working together on mainly transactional matters.

However, the core of the Ankara-Brussels relationship is much wider and deeper. It’s based on Turkey’s accession process and therefore on its performance in meeting the criteria cited in the acquis communautaire of the EU. As a candidate country in negotiations to join the EU as a full member, Turkey’s progress in meeting necessary requirements has long been observed and reported by the European Commission.

The Commission’s next “progress report” will be released in April, just a few weeks after the Varna Summit on March 26. It would be no exaggeration to predict that the upcoming report will not only illustrate how the democratic achievements of the country over the last two decades have been tarnished in recent years. It will also shape the future format of the Turkey-EU relationship.

Diplomatic sources in Ankara predict that the report, which will be based on developments that took place in 2017, will herald an unpromising future for Turkey’s accession process (if of........

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