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Can the EU Clean Politics in Enlargement Countries? Turkey in Comparison 24 septembre 2014

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GTE Commentary (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 14, September 2014

by Dimitar Bechev *

The fight against corruption is yet another fine example of the mismatch between EU expectations and capabilities. On the one hand, many regard the Union as capable of overhauling bad habits in member states and, to an even greater degree, in countries that have embarked on the accession journey. On the other, it is important to understand that the rule of law is a precondition rather than a « deliverable ». This commentary looks at the « lessons learned » from the EU’s experiences in Bulgaria and Romania while reflecting on their meaning for Turkey’s accession process and the Union’s ability to bring about significant reforms in Turkey’s domestic setting.

Document prepared for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in the context of the IAI-Istanbul Policy Center-Mercator Foundation project « Turkey, Europe and the World », September 2014.

* Dimitar Bechev is visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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