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Turkey's relationship with the EU is long-standing and this relationship appears to never lead to the membership of Tıırkey to the EU. An important aspects of the EU is cconomic and it has been progressing towards a unique political structure, which cannot be captured completely by any organisational model of international economics, becoming a self-sufficient entity. In light of this, this article aims to seek evidence that Turkey's economy is dependent on the trade with the EU to a great extent, and not necessarily vice versa. The article draws on evidence from the detailed examination of trade relations between Turkey and the EU over a Iong period from both parties' perspectives. it is evident that the EU has been the largest and most important trading partner of Turkcy over the years. As such, it is suggested that Turkey cannot afford to be outside the enlargement process of the EU. Given that the long-standing relationship with Turkey, the EU also has shown willingness to improve its economic relations with Turkey as a useful trading partner.