Turkey should prioritize democratic agenda during Romania’s EU presidency

2019 will be an important year for the European Union which will have to deal with Brexit, European Parliament elections in May, a trade row with the United States, and the next long-term EU budget amid other complicated social and economic problems within the bloc and foreign policy issues beyond its borders.

The first half of 2019 will observe Romania’s term presidency and the next half Finland’s. Although the role of the term presidents in shaping EU policies has seriously diminished in the last decade, they still can have an influence over key issues.

Despite existing problems with the EU over democracy deficit, Turkey hopes that Romania’s term presidency would inject a new spirit in ties with the EU, particularly on its three main demands from Brussels, on visa liberalization, customs union, and the revitalization of the full membership process.

In an interview with private broadcaster NTV on Jan. 10, Foreign Minister Mevlüt

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