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First Edition 201205/08/2014 Günter Verheugen, "Meeting the Geopolitical Challenges of the Arab Spring: A Call for a joint EU-Turkish Agenda"

This policy brief discusses the potential for cooperation between Turkey and the EU in the countries that are going through political transformation in the Middle East and North Africa.

Abstract

Günter Verheugen, "Meeting the Geopolitical Challenges of the Arab Spring: A Call for a joint EU-Turkish Agenda"

This policy brief discusses the potential for cooperation between Turkey and the EU in the countries that are going through political transformation in the Middle East and North Africa. Since both sides have a vested interest in seeing stability, peace and strong economic development in this shared neighbourhood, they must work together and develop a common strategy by which to combine their strengths and advantages while offsetting their weaknesses. The brief highlights how the relationships between Turkey, the EU, and the Arab world are all fraught with difficulties and tensions that prevent coordinated action between the first two parties. Despite these limitations, if the European Union and Turkey managed to cooperate on such a geopolitically important project, it would have an enormous additional benefit: revitalizing the stalled relationship between the EU and Turkey and lending it a sense of urgency and importance.

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Résumé

Günter Verheugen, "Les défis géopolitiques du Printemps arabe : pour une stratégie commune UE-Turquie"

Cette synthèse se donne pour but d’évaluer les opportunités de coopération euro-turque dans les pays d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient où souffle le vent du changement. Considérant que l’Union européenne et la Turquie ont tout intérêt à ce que ce voisinage commun devienne une zone de stabilité, de paix et la prospérité, nous défendons l’idée d’un partenariat stratégique qui leur permette à la fois de combiner leurs atouts et de compenser leurs faiblesses respectives dans ces régions. Face aux divers obstacles qui freinent les relations entre la Turquie, le monde arabe et l’UE, un tel projet serait le meilleur moyen de relancer le dialogue entre l’Union européenne et la Turquie, pour en faire une priorité majeure.

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This policy brief discusses the potential for cooperation between Turkey and the EU in the countries that are going through political transformation in the Middle East and North Africa.

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