Thursday, February 25, 2010

Turkey and Schengen

Murat Daoudov, Director of European and International Relations at the Union of Municipalities of Marmara, has an interesting piece in which he considers Turkish membership in Schengen. This ties into the below post on Europe's varying visions of integration. States like the United Kingdom and Ireland, for reasons of their own, are not part of the Schengen zone, and with Turkey's new foreign policy and recent moves to open up visa-free travel with Syria and Lebanon, might decide to take a similar path. Additionally, there are serius concerns about Europe's inclusion in the Schengen zone, particularly from France, and placing derogations on work and travel should Turkey be admitted to the EU has already been discussed.

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