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The 3rd of October 2005 marked a decisive turning point in Turkey's 40 year quest to become a member of the Europeas Union. That day (and night) was filled with last minute political maneuverings and compromises that left many wondering if Turkey would actually move forward in the proccess of accession. The remainder of the journey will be no easier and reaching the final destination is not guaranteed. However, the nature of the trip has changed. The EU and Turkey are now bound together by the negotiation process and this will change the nature of their interaction.

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Nigâr Göksel
Nigâr Göksel

D. Nigar Goksel has been Editor-in-Chief of the Istanbul-based Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) since 2002 and Turkey and Cyprus Analyst for Crisis Group's Turkey/Cyprus Project since April 2015. She was Senior Analyst at the European Stability Initiative (ESI) between 2004-11, where she covered Turkey and the Caucasus. In Spring 2014, she joined FRIDE as associate fellow, focusing on the Black Sea region. She is a regular contributor to the German Marshall Fund’s ‘On Turkey’ series and writes frequently for Al Jazeera International. Nigar is also registered as an independent consultant for political analysis and project management. She has designed a range of reconciliation and civil society capacity-building initiatives in Turkey and the South Caucasus.

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