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Video: Marietje Schaake on EU enlargement and Turkey

EU enlargement has proven to lead to substantial improvements in the lives of peole, their freedoms, the democratic levels and economic opportunities. In times of crisis, however, populism and nationalism seem attractive, but have a high price in the end. In the discussion on the EU and Turkey, both sides often resort to this rhetoric. Still, Turkey and the EU need each other in these challenging times and both would benefit from an ev3entual accession of Turkey to the EU.