The Cyprus Obstacle on Turkey's Road to Membership in the European Union
Introduction: Turkish-Greek relations and the Cyprus problem following the Turkish intervention of 1974 have occupied an important place throughout the evolution of the relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU).1 These two issues, often linked, figured among the most difficult to handle. The fact that Greece became a member of the EU in 1981 has complicated matters further, especially for the EU. From that point on, the EU could no longer keep its benevolent neutrality towards its two allies. Consequently, the road towards the amelioration of Turkish–EU relations passed via Athens and Nicosia,2 despite Turkey’s desire to keep the resolution of these issues separate from the question of its accession to the EU.
|Note||Ch. 5 in A. Carkoglu & B. Rubin (Eds.), Turkey and the European Union. Domestic Politics, Economic Integration and International Dynamics (pp. 55-78). London: Frank Cass.|
Suvarierol, S.. (2003). The Cyprus Obstacle on Turkey's Road to Membership in the European Union. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/25838