Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

The tremendous political changes that have been taking place in the Middle East and North Africa have stressed the importance for the materialization 
of the EU-Turkey Strategic dialogue. Turkey needs the EU for its economic modernization. On the other hand, Turkey’s political system seems attractive to many political forces in the Arab Spring countries and can be used as inspiration for their democratization process. The Strategic Dialogue, however, needs to become separated from Turkey’s EU accession negotiations. This article puts forward several concrete suggestions to increase the cooperation between the two sides. 
 
 
CONTRIBUTOR
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...
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