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You're reading: Turkey’s EU experience instructive for Ukraine

Turkey — Ukraine’s bigger, younger and more economically vibrant neighbor to the south – has been trying to join the EU since 1959. Turkey signed an Association Agreement in 1963 and got an explicit EU commitment for eventual membership. That was 50 years ago and Turkey is still, obviously, not part of the 28-nation club.

If Ukraine reaches a similar agreement that includes a free-trade pact at the biannual Eastern European Partnership summit in Lithuania, the deal will not include any EU commitment to eventual Ukraine membership.

If the EU moves as slowing in accepting Ukraine for membership as it is with Turkey, we’ll still be having these EU integration arguments in 2063. I’ll be very dead by then.

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