04 Feb 2014

Will the readmission agreement bring the EU and Turkey together or pull them apart?

Kemal Kirişci

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Following a period when EU-Turkish relations have not been particularly close, the readmission agreement signed in December 2013 by the Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu could help inject some sorely needed goodwill and trust into the relationship. Yet, as pointed out in this commentary, there is always the risk that the challenges faced in the actual implementation of the agreement will aggravate the relationship.

Kemal Kiri?ci is the TÜS?AD Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.