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Avoiding a Divorce: A Virtual EU Membership for Turkey 6 décembre 2012

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The Carnegie Papers (The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Dec 2012

Sinan Ülgen *

Turkey’s prospects of European Union (EU) membership are more uncertain than ever before. European leaders spent their residual political capital on combating the eurozone crisis and are reluctant to champion the unpopular EU-enlargement project. A framework elevating Turkey to the level of a “virtual EU member” could reinvigorate the relationship.

 

Key Themes

  • Despite commencing EU membership negotiations in 2005, Turkey has opened only thirteen of the 33 chapters that make up the accession requirements.
  • Brussels is losing its ability to engage Ankara constructively, and Turkey’s interest in the EU is waning to the detriment of Turkey’s democratic progress.
  • The present environment constrains the scope of EU-Turkey cooperation in support of ongoing transitions in the Arab world.
  • A virtual framework would complement the accession process and include policies to foster a common approach to international relations and the EU’s internal market.

* Sinan Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. His research focuses on the implications of Turkish foreign policy for Europe and the United States, particularly Turkey’s regional stance and its role in nuclear, energy, and climate issues.

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