Academic Conference: Perceptions and misperceptions in the EU and Turkey - Stumbling blocks on the road to accession

Where and when

26-27 June 2008, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands


The aim of the conference was to create a better understanding on the uncertain path of Turkey’s accession to the European Union by exploring five stumbling blocks. Discussions were held about the waning enthusiasm in both Turkey and the member states of the European Union, the divergent strategic and political cultures, the socio-economic differences in and between Turkey and the EU and the exploitation of fear and distrust by populist politicians. During the second day attention was given to the future, by ‘speculating’ about the future directions of Turkey and the EU and suggesting ways to overcome the formidable obstacles blocking a coming together. The conference is a joint cooperation between the recently formed Turkish Institute (The Hague) and the Centre for European Security Studies.


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