Europe in the World

EU-Turkey relations 43 years on: train crash or temporary derailment?

30 November 2006
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)



As the Finnish Prime Minister prepares to fly to Ankara for last-minute talks aimed at averting a ‘train crash’ in Turkey’s troubled bid for EU membership, this Issue Paper by EPC Policy Analyst Amanda Akçakoca charts the history of relations between the two sides, assesses the state of play in Turkey’s reform process and warns that domestic issues are likely to distract the government from membership negotiations over the coming year, whatever the outcome of the current crisis.

EU-Turkey relations 43 years on: train crash or temporary derailment?

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