Is Brussels the loser in Turkey’s elections?

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The EU dimension was conspicuously absent from Turkish electoral debates. Party leaders spoke about the challenges in Turkey’s neighbourhood, but rarely about the EU. This clearly indicates the widespread loss of interest in the EU accession process. The EU issue has become so remote that it was not even found worthy of politicking. Turkey-EU relations have indeed lost their momentum, and accession negotiations stalled during the AKP’s last term. The Turkish electorate, however, has clearly not penalised the ruling party for this failure.