Domestic politics, international norms and challenges to the State: Turkey-EU relations in the post-Helsinki era

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Series Details Vol.4, No.1, Spring 2003, p9-34
Publication Date March 2003
ISSN 1468-3849
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Developments in Turkish politics following the endorsement of Turkey's candidacy for full membership at the European Union's Helsinki summit of December 1999 underline the significant role that the EU can play as a catalyst for change and reform in candidate countries. The essay draws attention to the emergence of a 'pro-EU coalition' in Turkey during the post-Helsinki era and highlights the formidable barriers on the path to Turkey's full membership given the presence of a powerful and vocal 'anti-EU coalition'. A central argument of this piece is that the EU can help in overcoming the existing stalemate and shift the balance in favour of the pro-EU coalition through an improved mix of conditions and incentives as it has done so effectively in other national contexts.

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