Greenwood Paper Special Issue

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

Peter M.E. Volten, editor
212 pages, ISBN 978-90-76301-25-9 (10 2009)

In June 2008, CESS organised, together with the Turkey Institute, an informal international roundtable on misperceptions standing in the way of Turkish accession to the EU. Many Turkish experts participated in this meeting, held at Oegstgeest in the Netherlands. The papers for the 2008 conference are presented in this book, which was launched in Istanbul in October 2009. From the papers it is clear that much remains to be done. The EU is impatient about the pace of reforms in Turkey, which nevertheless are remarkable. Turkey feels that the EU is treating it unfairly, holding it to different standards than Bulgaria, Romania and other countries that recently joined the union. Both positions have some merit. The purpose of this book is to identify political obstacles to Turkish membership of the EU in a constructive manner and to clear the path for realistic but meaningful progress.

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