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Transforming Turkey-EU Relations: Ground for Hope 11 mars 2013

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GTE Policy Briefs (Istituto Affari Internazionali) n. 6, 12 March 2013, 4 p.

by E. Fuat Keyman and Senem Aydın-Düzgit *

Both the EU and Turkey have followed a flawed, populist and identity-based policy towards each other since accession negotiations began as a result of which relations have reached a stalemate. Nonetheless, there has recently been a strengthening of views and voices both within Turkey and the EU that express their concerns with this stalemate. They highlight the contributions that Turkey and the EU could make to one another as well as to global peace and stability on a wide scale, ranging from economics to politics, culture and foreign policy. At the same time, the Eurozone crisis has spawned new questions over the institutional future of the EU with alternative models of membership circulating. We should thus discuss and work on what type of full membership for Turkey would be both possible and desirable in the years ahead. Turkey should be actively engaged in such debates and the EU should ensure that any future cooperation model with Turkey besides full membership would treat the country as an equal partner enjoying more than a mere « privileged partnership »..

* E. Fuat Keyman is the Director of the Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC) and Professor at Sabanci University. Senem Aydın-Düzgit is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University.

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