Toward a âPrivileged Partnershipâ: The EU, Turkey and the Upgrade of the Customs Union
20 Temmuz 2018
Over the past few years, Turkeyâs EU membership prospects have further deteriorated amid intensive political crisis between Brussels and Ankara. The Turkish government and the European Commission have agreed to upgrade the two-decade-old Customs Union between Turkey and the EU, with negotiations likely to begin in 2018. This paper explores the European Commissionâs CU upgrade scenarios in tandem with European proposals to form a âPrivileged Partnershipâ between the two parties as an alternative to Turkeyâs membership in the Union. An upgraded agreement would be a significant step toward Privileged Partnership, maximizing Europeansâ political and economic benefits from Turkey and eroding any remaining motives for the EU to welcome Turkey as a full member.