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Political Background Discussion with Egemen Bağış

Berlin, October 7, 2010

Egemen Bağış, State Minister and Chief Negotiator of Turkey in EU Accession Talks, met with members of the German Bundestag, representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the future of the Turkey-EU relations. The discussion focused on the question of the foreign and security policy areas in which the EU and Turkey should try to enhance their cooperation.

Bağiş pointed out that Turkey had made striking progress and had become more open as a result of the reforms implemented within the framework of the EU accession negotiations.
With its dynamic economy Turkey had a key role to play as a hub of important energy and transportation routes, and, last but not least, as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East, and this could be of great benefit to the EU.

The ensuing discussion also explored the tense nature of current Turkish-Israeli relations and Turkey’s relationship with Iran. Bağiş emphasized that Iran was a neighbouring country, and for this reason of great importance for Turkey in economic and political terms. Threats to Iran’s internal stability had a direct effect on Turkey

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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