Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

Against the backdrop of an accession process that has come to a virtual halt, the visa-free travel is the most tangible and visible area that Turkish nationals associate mostly directly with EU membership and seek to reap benefits from.  The visa issue has been at the forefront of Turkey-EU relations and has become highly “politicized” and even “securitized”. It has also assumed a sui generis nature, which falls at odds with EU law, values and the coherence of EU policies.
 
 
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Zeynep Özler
Zeynep Özler
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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