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Too early to say business as usual between Turkey and the EU

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09.12.2017

There have been two main developments in Turkey-EU relations in the last few months, especially after the German parliamentary elections in late September.

Turkey’s senior leaders have stopped demonizing and insulting European leaders through strongly-worded public statements and Turkey-EU dialogue has been revived, with the resumption of political consultation meetings on economy, trade and anti-terror cooperation.

The Turkey-EU High-Level Economic Cooperation Meeting took place on Dec. 8 in Brussels. The Turkish side included Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi and Customs and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkçi. The EU side featured European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen and other senior Commission officials.

An energy meeting will take place in early 2018. Ankara and Brussels are expected to accelerate cooperation on various issues in the near future. Accordingly, the EU’s agreement to share Turkey’s refugee costs is set to enter a new phase, with Brussels having already started planning the allocation of the next 3 billion euros in 2018.

Contracts for the first 3 billion euros are expected to be concluded by Dec. 31. New projects that determine the details of future financial assistance to Turkey are due to be announced........

© Hürriyet Daily News