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Turkey-EU Relations: Thinking Ahead, Fall 2005

Turkey-EU Relations: Thinking Ahead, Fall 2005

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...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 December 2005

The European Union and Turkey: Beginning the Common Journey, Fall 2005

The European Union and Turkey: Beginning the Common Journey, Fall 2005

By starting accession negotiations with Turkey, the EU has be come a stakeholder in the continuation of the political, economic and  social transformation of this country. The negotiation process  will  inevitably  contribute to blurring the lines between domestic and European matters in Turkey. This will be a sign that Turkey’s political developments are  gradually  forming  part of  the  European scene. It is further proof...

Olli Rehn | 05 December 2005

Turkish-EU Negotiations: Prospective Effects on Public Administration and Regional Development, Fall 2005

Turkish-EU Negotiations: Prospective Effects on Public Administration and Regional Development, Fall 2005

Implementing the acquis communautaire in practice will play an important role in the Turkey-EU accession talks. To accomplish this, an efficient public administration is needed. This article discusses the importance of a strong and efficient public administration and elaborates on the ongoing reforms in Turkey towards improving administrative capacity. Further on, the article discusses a related challenge, which is the need for Turkey to develop strategic and regional planning and development...

Murat Sungar | 05 December 2005

Turkish Cypriot's Expectations from the European Union, Fall 2005

Turkish Cypriot's Expectations from the European Union, Fall 2005

It has been more than a year that the Turkish Cypriots, responding to the calls ofthe international community and embracing the values of the EU integrationprocess, convincingly voted in favor of the Annan Plan. The Union should acceptthat Cyprus, for the time being, is an unusual case of a federal bi-communal memberstate in which the central level of government had, by default, put itself into asituation of having zero jurisdiction in one entity and should not, therefore, let theGreek Cypriot...

Mehmet Ali Talat | 05 December 2005

The Future of Europe: Islamophobia, Fall 2005

The Future of Europe: Islamophobia, Fall 2005

The future of Europe is closely linked to the successful integration of the Muslim immigrants into European societies. Europe should seek to reach cultural pluralismin contrast to assimilation or exclusion in order to avoid discrimination against Muslims. The author argues that both Muslim immigrants and host societies havemutual responsibilities in this respect. Both have to go through a mental change, eventually resulting in the redefinition of their identities. However, if Europe fails to...

Burak Erdenir | 05 December 2005

Cultural and Political Dialogue between Turkey and the EU: Overcoming Difficulties, Fall 2005

Cultural and Political Dialogue between Turkey and the EU: Overcoming Difficulties, Fall 2005

The author addresses the potential problems of rejection of Turkey from the EU on cultural and religious grounds. He underlines the importance of dialogue between Turkey and the EU to overcome misunderstandings between the two sides.Furthermore, he calls for improved and effective political and cultural dialogue oriented to the future.Cultural differences have become, in the eyes of some, an impediment to Turkish accession to the EU. French sociologist Amaury de Riencourtmakes a clear...

Yalim Eralp | 05 December 2005

Turkey's Regional Policy on the Road to the EU, Fall 2005

Turkey's Regional Policy on the Road to the EU, Fall 2005

Turkey is characterized by a very high level of internal disparities and the entry of Turkey, given present economic conditions, would accentuate considerably theexisting imbalances within the EU between the richer and poorer regions. Traditionally Turkey has had a highly centralized system of government dating from the Ottoman Empire and consolidated by the Republic of Turkey. Thiscentralization is reflected in its administrative structures. In light of the philosophy of EU regional policy,...

Teresa Reeves | 05 December 2005

Strategies for Regional Development: Challenges Facing Turkey on the Road to EU Membership, Fall 2005

Strategies for Regional Development: Challenges Facing Turkey on the Road to EU Membership, Fall 2005

The grant of economic and technical aid by the EU for regional development during the pre-accession process and its link to novel forms of territorial governance for administering them for eventual EU membership is increasingly challenging Turkey’s traditional state centered politics and regional policy. Based on theconcept of Europeanization this paper examines the extent and direction of changein Turkey’s regional policy to date under the influence of the EU. The paper suggests...

Ebru Ertugal | 05 December 2005

Challenges on the Path of Turkey’s EU Membership, Fall 2005

Challenges on the Path of Turkey’s EU Membership, Fall 2005

  The resounding rejection of the European Union’s Constitution in France and the Netherlands, its consequences, and Europe’s changing political landscape will have implications for Turkey’s prospects of eventual EU membership and its start of negotiation talks in October. Turkey faces significant domestic challenges as several critical issues remain unresolved. Facing sizeable criticism of nationalist and Islamist fractions, the Turkish...

Özlem Yeşilkaya | 05 December 2005

Regional Policy and EU Accession: Learning from the Gap Experience, Fall 2005

Regional Policy and EU Accession: Learning from the Gap Experience, Fall 2005

  Given its financial and institutional implications, Chapter 21 of the acquis communautaire on ‘Regional Policy and the Co-ordination of Structural Instruments’ will likely be one of the most controversial and protracted sections of Turkey’s accession negotiations with the European Union. Surprisingly, the topic has so far received limited attention in policy and academic circles.  This article attempts to highlight the potential challenges...

Özsel Beleli | 05 December 2005

Annual Uptade: Turkey's Road to the EU, Fall 2005

Annual Uptade: Turkey's Road to the EU, Fall 2005

The European Council took an historical decision on 17 December 2004 to openaccession talks with Turkey on 3 October 2005. This article is an evaluation of themajor developments in Turkey-EU relations between these two significant dates.The author focuses on the debate about Turkey in the EU and the debate about the EU in Turkey separately to understand the general trends for both parties. The Referenda on the European Constitution in France and the Netherlands and federalelections in Germany...

Demir Murat Seyrek | 05 December 2005

Recent Local Development Models in Turkey, Fall 2005

Recent Local Development Models in Turkey, Fall 2005

This paper analyzes the changes in the spatial distribution of industry in Turkey following the 1980s, focusing on regional development policies. Using their localendogenous resources, certain provinces, also called "new industrial districts", made important leaps in the past couple of decades, while certain regions fell further behind. This paper aims to explain the success stories and extract lessonsfor progress in overcoming the vast regional disparities that remain...Please click...

Metin Ozaslan | 05 December 2005

Leaving the Roller Coaster: Turkey, Stability and the EU, Fall 2005

Leaving the Roller Coaster: Turkey, Stability and the EU, Fall 2005

Turkey looks back on a history of economic instability and recurrent crises. Whilethe process of EU accession has the potential to fundamentally transform Turkey’s economy, Turkey should not sit still and wait for the external effects of EU integrationto take effect, but must tackle the sources of past instabilities. For this purpose, investor confidence is one of the critical resources Turkey needs to accumulate.Presenting the results of a survey among international bankers, this article...

Nicolas Winkler | 05 December 2005

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From The Desk Of The Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when global instability is arguably at its highest point since the end of World War II. The Western-led liberal world order that emerged in its wake, anchored by NATO and bolstered by multilateral institutions such as the European Union and the World Bank is fraying, and the principles upon which the order was founded are being undermined. Furthermore, the...
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