FM Davutoğlu sees Turkey as EU member by 2023

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu sees Turkey becoming a member of the European Union by 2023, when the country marks the 100th anniversary of its foundation. Davutoglu said Turkey will become a key player in world organizations shaping global economic decisions. “I see a Turkey which keeps an effective role within NATO and which is also a key player not only in security-related fields but also in economic organizations such as G20. I do not think these objectives are unreachable by the year 2023, the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, 14 years from now,” he said in a Newsweek interview.

Whether Turkey has the political stamina and consistency to maintain a two-decade long pursuit of EU membership is a major question. But the larger issue is how the EU will itself evolve during the process, making it more or less compatible with Turkey’s membership.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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