Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CSIS Report on Turkey's EU Accession

CSIS' Seda Çiftçi reports on Turkey's accession progress. She notes that while "confronted with what it sees as ‘a judicial coup’ and understandably distracted by the possibility of being closed down and pushed out of the political arena, the JDP could find it difficult to move ahead on the sensitive issues identified by Barroso. The domestic forces opposed to Erdogan and his party are also at the forefront of resistance to additional concessions to the EU. Consequently, Erdogan might once again choose to avoid additional risks associated with bold action and try to balance the commitment to the EU with internal considerations. As a result, it may be too early to state with any degree of confidence that Turkey is on the verge of a new chapter in its EU odyssey." Click here for the full report.

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