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From the Desk of the EditorFriday, June 1, 2018
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...
The Future of Turkey-EU Relations in a Time of Global UncertaintyThe Future of Turkey-EU Relations in a Time of Global UncertaintyFriday, June 1, 2018
The most important element in the long history of Turkey-European Union relations is the determination that the parties have shown to continue the relationship in spite of its fickle nature and occasional crises. Turkey-EU relations are currently...
EU-Turkey Ties on the Brink?EU-Turkey Ties on the Brink?Friday, June 1, 2018
The dream of a European Turkey is rapidly becoming an illusion. Some supported accession in the hope of improving the rights of people, others for realpolitik. Today, Europeans are deeply worried about the direction President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is...
Turkey’s EU Odyssey: Problems and ProspectsTurkey’s EU Odyssey: Problems and ProspectsFriday, June 1, 2018
Turkey’s candidacy to the European Union (EU), declared in 1999, was the success story of the 2000s. Turkey swiftly carried out major reforms in order to comply with the Copenhagen criteria, including the abolition of the death penalty,...
The “D”s  in Turkey-EU Relations: Some ReflectionsThe “D”s in Turkey-EU Relations: Some ReflectionsFriday, June 1, 2018
What is there to be said about Turkey’s relations with the EU that has not already been said? We are in 2018, celebrating the 60th year of the start of Turkey’s relations with the EU. We have witnessed 60 years of highs and lows in this...
Transactional by Default: EU-Turkey Relations in Search of a New RationaleTransactional by Default: EU-Turkey Relations in Search of a New RationaleFriday, June 1, 2018
In the past few years, relations between the European Union (EU) and Turkey have been anything but “normal,” and in light of the recent dramatic changes, the relationship has become even more aberrant. In the eyes of the European and...
Preparing for a New Blueprint in EU-Turkey Relations?Preparing for a New Blueprint in EU-Turkey Relations?Friday, June 1, 2018
Relations between Ankara and Brussels have been facing a downwards spiral during the past decade. Publically, this trend gained momentum in 2013, when Ankara clamped down on environmental protestors in what become known as the Gezi Park protests. The...
Accession in Abeyance: Finding a Way Forward for Ankara and BrusselsAccession in Abeyance: Finding a Way Forward for Ankara and BrusselsFriday, June 1, 2018
Seen through the lens of Brussels, 2017 was a difficult year for Turkey-EU relations. Many  EU capitals expressed concern about the deterioration of human rights in Turkey, citing the detention of parliamentarians and journalists, military...
Turkey and the V4: Paths for Current and Future CooperationTurkey and the V4: Paths for Current and Future CooperationFriday, June 1, 2018
The relations between the European Union (EU) and Turkey have long been subject to scholarly interest. It is however much less prevalent to assess the relations between the EU certain sub regions and Turkey. In this article we undertook the latter...
Legitimizing Europe in Contested Settings: Europe as a Normative Power in Turkey?Legitimizing Europe in Contested Settings: Europe as a Normative Power in Turkey?Friday, June 1, 2018
There has been a burgeoning literature on the conceptualization of Europe as a normative power (NPE) since Ian Manners published his seminal article more than a decade ago.[1] Some studies have focused on operationalizing NPE through a number of...
Remolding the Turkey-EU RelationshipRemolding the Turkey-EU RelationshipFriday, June 1, 2018
The political landscape in Turkey drastically changed on 15 July 2016 with the shock of an attempted military takeover. A direct casualty of this attempt was Turkey’s relations with the European Union. Even though Turkey’s relations with...
Reforming and Renegotiating the EU-Turkey Customs UnionReforming and Renegotiating the EU-Turkey Customs UnionFriday, June 1, 2018
The EU-Turkey Customs Union (CU) of 1995, which applies to industrial goods and the industrial components of processed agricultural products produced in the Community or Turkey, does not cover most of the chapters included in recent trade agreements...