60. Yılında Avrupa Birliği ve Türkiye…


Sinoplu Diyojen AB’yi; Türk insanı da AB ufkunu arıyor!

Avrupa Birliği; Britanya’nın üyelikten ayrılma süreci ve AB karşıtı akımların güçlenmesiyle sarsılan birlik yeni bir gelecek inşa etme noktasına gelmiş bulunuyor. AB, bugün her zamankinden daha fazla siyasi bir birliğe ihtiyaç duyuyor.

Ancak AB, özellikle ekonomi ve ticaretteki başarılarına karşın siyasi birlik oluşturmada başarılı olamadı. Bu alanda reforma ihtiyaç duyuyor. Dayandığı değerlere samimi bir şekilde sadık ve sahip çıkan, dış politika, ortak savunma ve güvenlik alanlarında da birleşmiş bir AB gerekiyor Dünya için…

Türkiye ise hem kırgın hem de umutsuz bakıyor AB ufkuna. Kırgın çünkü kendisine haksızlık yapıldığını düşünüyor. Umutsuz çünkü Türkiye söz konusu olduğunda sudan sebeplerle önüne engeller dikilmesi bıkkınlık yaratıyor.

AB’nin Türkiye ile ilişkileri düzeltmek ve rayına sokmak için bu yeni süreçte hâlâ şansı var. Kendi değerlerine bağlı, Türkiye gibi aday ülkelere karşı dürüst ve açık bir politika izleyen bir AB olabilirse.

Ne diyorlar? Çıkmayan canda umut var…


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The Rome Declaration: A compromise to save unity ?!


Déclaration de Rome : Un compromis pour sauver l’unité?!

Dans une déclaration solennelle aujourd’hui à Rome, pour le 60e anniversaire du traité fondateur de l’UE, les 27 vont proclamer leur unité et « avenir commun » face au Brexit.

The leaders of the 27 states that will make up the European Union after Britain’s departure have gathered in Rome to reaffirm their support for the bloc.

EU national leaders and the leaders of the EU Institutions today adopted a declaration with a bold vision for the future of the Union, at their Summit in Rome to celebrate 60 years since the signature of the original Rome Treaties.

The Declaration underlined four major priority areas for future EU development:
a safe and secure Europe; a prosperous and sustainable Europe; a social Europe; and a stronger Europe on the global scene.

On this, the Declaration calls for: a Union further developing existing partnerships, building new ones and promoting stability and prosperity in its immediate neighbourhood to the east and south, but also in the Middle East and across Africa and globally; a Union ready to take more responsibilities and to assist in creating a more competitive and integrated defence industry; a Union committed to strengthening its common security and defence, also in cooperation and complementarity with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, taking into account national circumstances and legal commitments; a Union engaged in the United Nations and standing for a rules-based multilateral system, proud of its values and protective of its people, promoting free and fair trade and a positive global climate policy.

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Déclaration des dirigeants de 27 États membres ainsi que du Conseil européen, du Parlement européen et de la Commission européenne
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60 Candles for Europe…


…and then?!

On 25 March EU will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome. On that day, to celebrate together the beginning of a long journey at the Orazi and Curiazi Hall of the Capitol, the very place where the Treaties were signed in 1957. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the state of the European Union and the future of the integration process.

First, this will be an opportunity to celebrate European history together and take stock of sixty years of integration. It is no secret that the historical moment we are facing requires deeper and more solid reflection on the challenges for the Union in the short and medium term: we refer to internal and external security (with particular reference to migration), to growth and employment and to social development. After the celebratory session, we intend to adopt a political declaration reaffirming the validity of the European integration project, and setting out a joint vision for the years to come.

The leaders of 27 member states and of EU institutions will adopt a political declaration in Rome, reaffirming their commitment to continue to work together within the European Union. The declaration will look back at achievements over the last 60 years, set out a number challenges and offer a joint vision for the years to come. Leaders are expected to commit themselves to a ‘Rome Agenda’ pledging to work for
1) a safe and secure Europe,
2) a prosperous and sustainable Europe,
3) a social Europe,
4) a stronger Europe on the global scene.


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From Winter Icy Turn to Spring Warming?


EU – Turkey Relations : On the agenda of the EP April Session

MEPs will discuss the state of play in Turkey, in particular the upcoming referendum, during the April plenary in Strasbourg.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs calls on the Committee on International Trade, as the committee responsible, to incorporate 11 suggestions into its motion for a resolution inter alia;

The modernisation and effective implementation of the Customs Union will further strengthen the already strong economic ties between Turkey and the European Union and will keep Turkey economically anchored to the EU;

Contribute to both sides engaging in a positive reform agenda while mitigating political tensions with Ankara on the deteriorating situation of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the country;

Because; democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms; EU-Turkey trade relations are and must remain based on mutual respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; Include a clause on human rights and fundamental freedoms in the upgraded C U making them a key conditionality;

The C U can only reach its full potential if Turkey fully implements the Additional Protocol vis-à-vis all Member States; Turkey continue not to open Turkish ports to Cypriot vessels and failed to apply to Cyprus the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement;

The C U cannot be considered a direct or indirect replacement of accession talks;

Upgraded Customs Union could help Turkey to overcome the challenges it faces, and contribute to stabilising Turkey and providing growth for its citizens, if the necessary reforms are made by the government and Turkey returns to the path of democracy and the restoration of the rule of law;


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One Year Later : Quo Vadis EU-Turkey Deal?


Can it be maintained?

EU-Turkey statement on refugees, providing a summary of the current situation. The answer to the question of whether it can, inter alia depends on:
Domestic issues in Turkey and the further deterioration of the country’s safety conditions.
The possibility of serious social unrest between Turks and Syrians.
The Turkish government’s reaction to unfulfilled promises.
Mostly on the current state of the relations between the EU and Turkey.

All these points are vital for the deal to remain on track and they largely depend on domestic conditions in Turkey and Greece, the two key countries involved in the deal, in addition to on the relations between Turkey and the EU. Even if the deal survives for a while more, outsourcing the problem can never be a permanent or long-term solution.

EU-Turkey statement should merely be considered a stop-gap measure that must be replaced with a more stable and longer-term strategy. However, facing one of the most critical electoral years in the EU’s history, it is unrealistic to expect a fair assessment of the current situation.

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Quo Vadis Europa?


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Venice Commission Opinions on Turkey…

The E U calls on Turkey to address the concerns and recommendations of Venice Commission!


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