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Seventh Edition 201219/08/2014 Paulo Gorjão, "Portugal and Turkey: An Increasingly Substantive Relationship"

This policy brief argues that the deepening political and economic relations between Portugal and Turkey means that the bilateral relationship between these two countries is likely to gain increasing substance in the coming years.

Abstract

Paulo Gorjão, "Portugal and Turkey: An Increasingly Substantive Relationship"

This policy brief argues that Portugal increasingly values its relationship with Turkey, and there was no reason to fear in Ankara that the change of government in Portugal, in June 2011, could trigger a change in the bilateral relationship. Portuguese and Turkish national interests are not absolutely symmetrical, and this means that the relations, both at bilateral and multilateral levels, are not without its points of divergence. However, the reasons that support a cooperative relationship far outweigh factors behind a potentially conflicting bilateral relationship. Thus, the deepening political and economic relations means that the bilateral relationship is likely to gain increasing substance in the forthcoming years.

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Paulo Gorjão, "Portugal-Turquie : une relation de plus en plus riche"


Dans cette synthèse, nous verrons que le Portugal soigne de plus en plus ses relations avec la Turquie et que, contrairement aux craintes légitimes d’Ankara, l’alternance politique de juin 2011 à Lisbonne n’aura nullement écorné ces liens. Les intérêts nationaux des deux pays n’étant pas tout à fait symétriques, l’unité de vue ne peut être atteinte sur l’ensemble des dossiers bilatéraux et multilatéraux. Pour autant, les raisons de coopérer l’emportent largement sur les éventuelles divergences. Dès lors, l’approfondissement actuel des échanges politiques et économiques entre les deux nations semble préfigurer une relation bilatérale des plus substantielles.

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This policy brief argues that the deepening political and economic relations between Portugal and Turkey means that the bilateral relationship between these two countries is likely to gain increasing substance in the coming years.

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