Turkey And The European Union

Authored by: Nathalie Tocci


Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415558174
eBook ISBN: 9780203118399
Adobe ISBN: 9781136309649


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Turkey and the European Union (EU) are bound by a curious love affair. Both have always aimed at deepening relations, yet the precise interpretation of what this would entail has been highly contested. It is this odd mix between a shared commitment to each other and widely varying interpretations within (and between) both sides as to what this should mean that explains Turkey’s tortuous path to Europe. This chapter first describes the ebbs and flows in Turkey’s path to Europe from the 1963 Association Agreement to this day, before turning to the factors explaining the nonlinearity of the relationship, factors that lie both in Turkey and in the EU as well as in the interaction between the two.

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