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Turkey and the EU - a Slow Alienation

Amanda Paul, Today's Zaman | December 18, 2012

Negotiations between the EU and Turkey about full membership have almost come to a dead end. ++ A breakthrough will be difficult to achieve due to the continuing criticism on Turkey’s restrictions on human rights. ++ Recent surveys show a decreasing identification of Turks as Europeans and as Turkey as a part of Europe. ++ Direct Turkish involvement regarding EU decisions has also dropped. ++ 2013 with the 50th anniversary of a bilateral Association Agreement can be a decisive year for Turkish-European relations.



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