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A new chapter in EU-Turkey negotiations: a step too small 21 novembre 2013

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Notes internacionals (CIDOB), No. 78, November 2013                      Español
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

Eduard Soler i Lecha *

After three years of paralysis, the European Union has decided to open a new chapter in the negotiations on Turkish accession. This decision can be interpreted as a strategy to gain time, but it could also signify a first step toward consolidating a trend toward change.

This constructive attitude on both sides will only bear fruit if the European Union decides to open more chapters in the negotiations and resolves or works around some of the existing obstacles. In turn, the Turkish government must reinforce the trend toward change with more reforms and a more open discourse.

If the chapters relative to justice and fundamental freedoms can be opened not only will the negotiating process be revitalized, but the EU will show its will to continue its involvement in the consolidation of Turkish democracy.

The negotiation is turning out to be a long and complex process, full of obstacles. Both parties must discuss with serenity mechanisms of semi-integration that do not preclude the possibility of complete integration.

* Research Coordinator, CIDOB

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