Faced with internal divisions regarding the management of an ongoing refugee crisis which has exposed the EU’s vital social and security concerns, Member States have tried to outsource part of the problem to neighbouring countries.
Turkey's support has been deemed crucial in this regard, irrespective of growing concerns about its democratic credentials. Ankara has not hidden the fact that it has tried to maximize its own interests vis-à-vis the EU.
Formally speaking, EU-Turkey relations have been boosted as a result of protracted negotiations. But what was does this mean in practice, both in terms of managing the refugee crisis, dispute settlement in the region and for the future of EU-Turkey relations?