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EU Turkey negotiations: Obstacles to Turkey’s application to join the EU

Date: 2012

This paper examines the negotiations between the EU and Turkey and the long standing application due to various obstacles Turkey is encountering in order to implement the necessary reforms to reach all the criteria for accession. The research takes an in-depth look at the formal and informal obstacles that are hindering Turkey’s application. We used data to support arguments for those supporting or opposing Turkey’s membership. This paper does not analyze policy and institutional implications. Rather, this paper seeks to explore the various challenges on the Turkish application.

Europe’s politicians should assist in efforts to first change the image of Turkey and build trust, both internally and externally, with a main objective to ensure that Turkey is moving forward to be accepted by all the E.U. Member States. Perhaps, this is the best way forward.

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