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Cyprus presidency and Turkey's relations with the European Union
Cyprus presidency and Turkey's relations with the European Union

Author(s): Szymon Ananicz
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Developing nations, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Cyprus EU presidency; Turkey; EU
Summary/Abstract: Turkey's intention to boycott Cyprus presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2012 is a logical consequence of Ankara's policy of not recognising the Republic of Cyprus. The boycott will have a negative but limited impact on Turkey-EU relations, and will not in practice significantly affect their intensity in the second half-year.The so-called positive agenda, a new co-operation mechanism between the EU and Turkey, offers a provisional way for the two sides to circumvent the formal obstacle for mutual contacts created by the Cyprus conflict. In itself, however, the launch of the positive agenda is not a breakthrough for Turkey's integration with the EU. Any such breakthrough is unlikely to occur until progress is made in regulating the Cyprus conflict, and some member states change their attitude towards Turkey's accession to the EU.

  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: English