Turkey and Europe. Challenges and Opportunities
22 AUG 2012 Books
The enlargement of the European Union is among the major processes of European integration, and the Republic of Turkey is at the root of the most heated controversies among all candidate countries—one reason being that its candidacy brings into focus the problems which Europe itself is faced with.This book is about decades of Turkey's turbulent relations with the EU (previously, with the EC) and the country's importance for the bloc. A collection of articles by Polish writers—political scientists, Turkish-studies experts and analysts, taking up various aspects of Turkey's internal and external policies—it offers valuable insights and projections which will be found useful not only by specialists in the field, but also all those interested in the complexities and intricacies of things Turkish.
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Adam Szymański (ed.)

Warsaw 2012

ISBN 978-83-62453-30-6

pages: 298

 

 

 

 



The enlargement of the European Union is among the major processes of European integration, and the Republic of Turkey is at the root of the most heated controversies among all candidate countries—one reason being that its candidacy brings into focus the problems which Europe itself is faced with.
This book is about decades of Turkey's turbulent relations with the EU (previously, with the EC) and the country's importance for the bloc. A collection of articles by Polish writers—political scientists, Turkish-studies experts and analysts, taking up various aspects of Turkey's internal and external policies—it offers valuable insights and projections which will be found useful not only by specialists in the field, but also all those interested in the complexities and intricacies of things Turkish.  
 
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An interesting publication dealing with important subjects, including some that are rarely taken up elsewhere. The articles discuss issues which, in varying degrees, may pose obstacles to the country's full membership of the European Union, and they also throw light on Turkish foreign policy, which in recent years has been growing increasingly assertive. The contributors analyse successes and failures in Turkey's relations with its immediate and a little more distant neighbours.
Dr. Andrzej Ananicz, former Polish Ambassador to Turkey
 
This unique and valuable collection contains articles discussing a wide range of political, economic and religious aspects of Turkey's aspirations to join the European Union (often presented against a historical and cultural background). Some of the opinions may be found subjective, but it is obvious that most contributors have long been familiar with the subject matter, often carrying out research in Turkey in the language of its inhabitants. Almost all articles cite large numbers of Turkish sources, and this is no doubt a major strength of this book.
Dr. Piotr Nykiel, Department of Turkish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków 
 
A compendium of major issues and opportunities related to Turkey's prospect for entering the European Union, competently presented by leading Polish researchers. Offering a broad view of the subject in a clear, readable layout, it certainly deserves to be recommended. 
Prof. Dariusz Kołodziejczyk, Institute of History, University of Warsaw
 

Contents

Abbreviations

Marcin Zaborowski
Turkey: Europe’s Frontier State
 
 
Adam Szymański
Introduction
Part One
Obstacles on Turkey’s Road to the European Union
Joanna Bocheńska
Turkish EU Accession from the Kurdish Perspective
 
Agnieszka Zastawna-Templin
The Practice of Banning Political Parties in Turkey in the Context of the Country’s EU Accession Process
 
Kamil Zajączkowski
The Economic Determinants of Turkey’s Accession to the EU
 
Adam Szymański
Religion as an Unofficial EU Membership Criterion: The Case of Turkey
 
Przemysław Osiewicz
The Cyprus Issue and Its Impact on Turkey’s Accession Negotiations with the European Union after 2004
 
Artur Adamczyk
The Cypriot Dispute: The Position of Greek Cypriots
Part Two
Turkey’s External Relations and Their Significance for the European Union
Joanna Sztubert
The Significance of Turkey in the European Union’s Relations with the Middle East
 
Konrad Zasztowt
The Turkey-South Caucasus Relationship and Its Importance to the EU
 
Tomasz Żornaczuk
Turkey’s Western Balkans Policy and Its Importance for the Country’s Relations with the EU
 
Justyna Misiągiewicz
Turkey’s Policy towards Central Asian States and Its Significance for the European Union
 
Jakub Kumoch
The Idea of the Mediterranean Union: An Attempt to Curb Turkey’s European Ambitions
 
Ernest Wyciszkiewicz
Turkey’s Energy Policy: Implications for the European Union
 
Adam Szymański
Conclusion 
 
Contributors
 
Index of Personal Names

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