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EU-Turkey relations and the stagnation of Turkish democracy 4 décembre 2012

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GTE Working Paper (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 2, 4 Dec 2012, 24 p.

by Senem Aydın-Düzgit & E. Fuat Keyman *

The current stagnation of Turkish democracy goes hand in hand with the current impasse in EU-Turkey relations. A combination of domestic factors with a loss of credibility of EU conditionality led to a situation in which political reform is substantially stalled and in cases where it is realised, it is mostly conducted to serve the interests of the ruling political elite and with no real reference to the EU. The virtuous cycle of reform that characterised the 1999-2005 period has been replaced by a vicious cycle in which lack of effective conditionality feeds into political stagnation which in turn moves Turkey and the EU further away from one another.

* Senem Aydın-Düzgit is Assistant Professor at the Istanbul Bilgi University and Senior Research Affiliate of the Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC). E. Fuat Keyman is Director of the Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC) and Professor at the Sabanci University.

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