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EU-Turkey set the foundations for a rapprochement

EU-Turkey set the foundations for a rapprochement
Experienced analysts in Ankara see a change of Turkey's attitude in its relations with the EU and the beginning of rapprochement. The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Esrdogan had meetings in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean Claude Junker.

Erdogan expressed the need to "leave behind what happened before the referendum in Turkey. Both leaders have mentioned this issue". The President of Turkey stresses that the meetings he had in Brussels aimed to make a new positive endeavor for the accession process. "We also had a positive conversation on the immigration agreement and the issue of visas to Turkish citizens". Erdogan said.

Turkish analysts estimate that these statements show that Erdogan wants to release the tension with the EU and make a fresh start.

"We received a 12-month timeline from the Europeans, a roadmap for our relations. On this we will take our steps along with the Foreign Ministry and the EU ministry", said the Turkish president.

What Ankara wants is the return of investment from EU countries and, of course, tourists. At the same time, it asks for more funds from the Europeans to host the 3 million refugees in Turkey and the adherence to the immigration agreement.

Turkey has promised and respects the agreement as the migratory flows have almost been annihilated and awaits the abolition of visas for Turkish citizens promised by European leaders. However, for the abolition of the visa, Ankara must adhere to specific criteria, some of which have not been met so far.

However, after Erdogan's visit to Brussels on the occasion of NATO summits, a positive change in Turkey - EU relations seems to be coming./IBNA

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