Turkey-Germany Relations Overview
Turkey and Germany are two countries with historical proximity and friendly relations. But; the developments that have taken place in recent months are all known to everybody and the relations between the two countries pass through a difficult period.
Firstly, if we look at foreign trade of two countries we can say that Turkey and Germany are two very important partner countries. Such that, in 2016, the foreign trade volume of the two countries has surpassed 35 billion USD. Germany, which we exported USD 14 billion last year, is the country we export most and has the share of 10% from our general exports.
German Elections Approaching
As is known, general elections will be held in Germany on September 24, 2017. The Merkel government is showing harsh moves before these elections as an attempt to overthrow the criticism of some opponents. I think that one of the underlying reasons for this situation might be to strengthen her hand against the opposition.
Although the attitude taken up is a bit of domestic politics and considered as a part of the politics of the upcoming elections, some comments and attitudes towards Turkey in this point far exceed the limits of acceptability.
Updating of Customs Union Agreement is Important
The European Union is one of our most important foreign trade partners. We carry almost half of our annual exports to the European Union.
No doubt that our commercial relations are at this level, the share of the Customs Union Agreement is quite large. But; as the Turkish Exporters Assembly, we need to update this agreement, which is in effect for more than 20 years. The updating of the Customs Union Agreement will provide a very positive contribution to both our country and the European Union's economy and I believe it will have a leverage effect on our country's trade with the European Union. We are grateful for the efforts of Nihat Zeybekci in this regard.
Despite all the recent developments with Germany,the largest economy of The European Union; given the mutual stakeholders and cooperation of the two countries, We hope that after the elections on September 24, the relations will be normal again and negotiations on the update of the Customs Union will resume.
Deputy Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly
President of Denizli Exporters Association