Talks in Brussels: Suratlar asık, eller boş…

Talks between Turkish President and EU Leaders ended in failure, Ankara accusing the bloc of not sticking to its earlier promises on financial assistance and visa-free travel for Turks.


EU-Turkey leaders’ meeting, 9 March 2020

On 9 March, Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels. The leaders discussed bilateral relations, the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement on migration, security and stability in the region and the crisis in Syria.

On the EU-Turkey statement, leaders decided to task Josep Borrell, High Representative, and his counterpart in Turkey, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, to work over the next few days on clarifying the implementation of the deal between Turkey and the European Union. This will ensure that both sides are interpreting the statement in the same way and will help maintain the political dialogue with Turkey over the coming days.

Leaders also discussed security issues in the region, especially in Syria. President Michel stressed that the EU would support any political solution which could bring about greater stability. He also expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Idlib and on the border between Turkey and Syria, and declared the EU’s readiness to provide support in that area.

The meeting followed the visit of President Michel to Ankara on 4 March 2020.


The EU-Turkey statement was agreed on 18 March 2016 between EU leaders and their Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister of Turkey. It was aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe, breaking the business model of smugglers and offering migrants an alternative to putting their lives at risk.

[Remarks by President Charles Michel after the meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, 9 March 2020]

[Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following their meeting with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan]

[EU-Turkey leaders’ meeting – Videos&Photos]

[EU-Turkey-statement, 18 March 2016]

[Külfet paylaşımı olmazsa herkesin yükü artar]

[The cost will be heavier for everyone unless the burden is shared]

[EU and Turkey agree to review 2016 migration deal]


NATO Secretary General discusses situation in Syria with President Erdoğan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The two leaders discussed the serious security situation in Syria. The Secretary General underlined that NATO will continue to support Turkey with a range of measures to help protect Turkey against threats from Syria.

Les deux dirigeants ont parlé de la grave situation sur le plan de la sécurité en Syrie. Le secrétaire général a souligné que l’OTAN continuera de soutenir la Turquie par diverses mesures destinées à aider le pays à se protéger contre les menaces émanant de la Syrie

The Secretary General and President Erdoğan also addressed the impact of the refugee and migrant movements on the Turkish-Greek border. “The issue of migration and refugee flows is a common challenge that requires common solutions,” said the Secretary General.


M. Stoltenberg et le président Erdoğan ont aussi parlé de l’incidence des mouvements de réfugiés et de migrants à la frontière entre la Turquie et la Grèce. « La question de la migration et des flux de réfugiés constitue un défi commun qui appelle des solutions communes », a déclaré le secrétaire général.

[NATO is going through a period of critical importance during which it should display alliance solidarity with Turkey in a clear manner]

[NATO, Türkiye ile ittifak dayanışmasını net bir şekilde göstermesi gereken kritik dönemin içindedir]





[Erdogan demands ‘concrete support’ from EU, NATO over Syria]

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