Despite the growing alienation between Turkey and the EU: A continuation of the accession process remains the best option
This article is featured in the ORIENT III 2018
Based on a description of the deterioration of EU-Turkey relations in recent years, this article illustrates the disadvantages of further alienation for both sides, arguing that, despite the political tensions, there is no alternative to the continuation of the dialogue, which would better serve the economic and security interests of both sides. The best strategy therefore is to focus on concrete projects of mutual benefit, such as the cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, the diversification of energy imports or the modernisation of the customs union, whereas the issue of EU membership should be postponed for the time being.
Alexander Bürgin is Associate Professor, Jean Monnet Chair and Head of the EU Research Center at Izmir University of Economics. His current research focuses on the power relations within and across the EU institutions, the external influence of the EU, and EU-Turkey relations.
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