The EU and new Turkey

Publicerad 13 June, 2017

April 16, 2017 will go down in history as a symbolic date for Turkey and its relations with Europe. The victory of the public referendum to adopt Turkey’s new constitution exhibits the country’s continued journey towards an authoritarian government under President Erdoğan. Despite the widening gap between the European Union and Turkey, their relationship is still crucial for several important issues such as migration, economics and security. How will Europe in the future react to a de facto authoritarian but important regional actor like Turkey? Will Turkey be considered part of Europe? What are the major issues that require cooperation between Turkey and Europe? These critical issues are discussed in this report.