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Turkey Seeks Inclusion in US-EU TTIP Free Trade Deal - Turkish Deputy PM

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Turkey hopes to renegotiate its current trade agreements with the European Union, so it can be included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal between the United States and EU, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Simsek proposed that rather than Turkey being "left out" of the TTIP, Ankara would renegotiate its EU customs union agreement, so prospective free trade deals between the EU and the United States "would apply to Turkey in a two-way track."

"We would like to upgrade our deal [customs union agreement] with EU and allow the United States and EU to dock Turkey in this new agreement," Simsek said of the TTIP at a Wednesday Turkish foreign policy conference.

The TTIP free trade agreement would reduce barriers to trade in goods and services between Europe and its largest export market, the United States. Negotiations on the agreement have been ongoing between the the United States and Europe since 2013.

Despite a long path to EU accession, Turkey gave up on joining the European Union in 2013 after running into major opposition from a number of EU member states for economic deficiencies and suppressing free speech. At the end of 2015, Turkey reopened talks with the EU on future membership.

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  • Воин Света
    He seems to think he is going to be accepted into the EU. And that the EU is going to accept TTIP. Neither of which are going to happen.
  • art
    //The TTIP .. would reduce barriers .. between Europe and .. United States.//

    Sounds forward looking, doesn't it? But HOW it actually "reduces barriers" is the key. American mega corporations will have the right to overwrite European local regulations that ensure safety and efficacy of products. TTIP will reduce Europe into a dumpster for American juncks. I doubt Erdogan cares, he just wants to look European, not knowing Europe would never reward Turkey for what Ottomans did to Europe.
  • sophm0e38
    Are the EU elites trying to give Turkey de facto membership of these organisations, I wonder.
  • Mikhas
    After the EUrofag humiliation of having to bribe the primitive freak Mullah Erdogan from his threats to flood EU with "refugees" and jihadists, i dont think he´s any closer to membership than he ever was. And with recent reports that Turkey is trying to smuggle ARMS to Muslim communities in the EU for the future "jihad", even less so.

    But at the end of the day, it is Washington's call what the future of their most reliable vassals would look like
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