Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

New leaderships in Ankara and Brussels have the opportunity to pave the way for the strengthening and deepening of Turkey-EU relations, the resurgence of Turkey’s EU accession process, and the opportunity to cooperate on regional matters that are of strategic importance to both. The author emphasizes the significant transformation Turkey has undergone in regards to its democratic and human rights record and points to the three pillars of Turkey’s new EU Strategy – determination in the political reform process, continuity in socio-economic transformation, and effectiveness in communication – as important steps towards complying with EU standards.

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Volkan Bozkır
Volkan Bozkır Ambassador Volkan Bozkır is the Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey.
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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