The Way Forward for Turkey and the EU: A Strategic Dialogue on Foreign Policy

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The deadline for opening a new chapter in Turkey’s negotiations for EU membership has just passed and the prospects for opening more than one more subject this year are slim. Regrettably, progress has slowed to a crawl, with more than half of the chapters blocked by the EU because of objections by Cyprus and France. The effect is to sap Turkey’s motivation to work on reforms to meet EU standards in those chapters that still could be opened. Since no result is in sight from the long-running negotiations about the reunification of Cyprus, the only way out appears to be a deal in which Turkey, which still has troops in northern Cyprus, would allow Cypriot-flagged vessels to start using Turkish ports.

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