Turkey: European Dimensions and the Status of Islam

  • Dietrich Jung
  • Catharina Raudvere
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Governance, Security, and Development book series (GSD)


Since signing the Ankara Agreement with the European Community in 1963, Turkey has been traveling a particularly arduous and often bumpy road toward European integration. On the road to European Union (EU) membership, a number of competitors have overtaken the country and now have the right to council over Turkey’s EU accession. The reasons for the long and strenuous nature of this process are manifold, and further disappointments and setbacks are likely to come. One continuing bone of contention is the unresolved situation in Cyprus. Turkey’s rejection to open its ports and airports for traffic from Cyprus as long as Turkish Northern Cyprus remains economically isolated led to the suspension of the negotiation talks in eight out of the thirty-five chapters of the acquis communitaire in December 2006. More criticism was articulated in the Progress Report of the EU Commission of November 2006. The report concluded that reform efforts in Turkey had slowed down in 2006 and that there remained serious political deficits in areas such as freedom of speech and expression, minority rights, and the country’s civil-military relationship.


European Union European Economic Community Military Coup European Union Commission Turkish Republic 
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