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Turkey, Britain and Europe: A Vision for a Common Future
Ömer Çelik, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Ministry of EU Affairs, Turkey
Chair: Chris Morris, Correspondent, Reality Check, BBC News
On 14 April 1987, Turkey applied to join the then European Economic Community. Thirty years later, negotiations are stalled and Turkey’s accession seems a politically distant prospect. Britain, on the other hand, has voted to leave the European Union (EU) after 43 years of membership.
Simultaneously, the EU has been facing multiple other challenges: slow growth in the eurozone, increasing migration flows to the continent, international terrorism, the rise of far-right political movements, and a changing international political environment. In this session, the speaker will elaborate on the strategic roles that Turkey and Britain have played in Europe and how they can work together with the EU to address some of these challenges and shape the future of Europe.
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