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Turkey: still not “aligned” with European positions

In its latest assessment on the progress made by countries applying for membership of the European Union, published on November 9, the Commission gave a mixed opinion on Turkey's integration of the common foreign and security policy. Turkey has achieved this? A " high level? of alignment in the field of external relations but it still needs to progress on many points ". It is said in diplomatic, therefore polite, terms. But still. Turkey does not share certain values ​​with Europe in terms of foreign policy, particularly on Iran, Israel or arms control. We could retort that this is also the case of certain member states. Certainly not in a divergent way. And, let us also recognize it, the European Union is undoubtedly more demanding of candidates for membership than of its own Member States. This is precisely the lesson of the past which encourages caution.

Foreign policy: Iran and relations with Israel, in critical points

« Alignment with foreign and security policy? common of the European Union continued. Turkey sought? has? engage in dialogue and consultations with the EU on foreign policy issues. (More) She did not align herself within the Security Council? of the United Nations on the position of the EU which called for new sanctions against Iran. » notes the Commission. “(Turkey) has worked to do this? further improve its relations with neighboring countries such as Iraq, notably the Kurdish regional government, and Syria. Its relations with Israel deteriorated significantly after the Gaza flotilla incident. The protocols signed with Armenia with a view to normalizing relations with this country have still not been ratified »

Defence: Notable participation in the ESDP but blocking of EU-NATO relations

More particularly concerning the security policy? and Common Defense (PeSDC), the Commission notes “ a significant contribution. Turkey " look for? participate more actively in the activities carried out within this framework”. More “the question of EU-NATO cooperation involving all the Member States of the European Union beyond? “Berlin plus” arrangements still need to be resolved. As for the control of dual-use goods (arms or civilian). And " Turkey has not aligned itself with the EU position regarding EU membership. Wassenaar Arrangement »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

One thought on “Turkey: still not “aligned” with European positions"

  • Madison

    Turkey's hesitation to join the extraordinary project of building a gigantic intercontinental anti-missile network intended essentially to neutralize a hypothetical nuclear threat from Iran mainly targeting Israel, a non-NATO member country or of the EU, is all the same understandable…

    One can be amazed at the speed and stealth with which this unprecedented project develops within NATO, the EU and their member states – without public debate and in the indifference of their democratic institutions and their press.

    Such a project can of course only contribute to the growing solidification of the antagonism between the Western and Muslim worlds and it seems understandable that a country like Turkey – on the border between these two worlds – hesitates to join it.

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