Turkey’s Accession to the European Union: Going Nowhere

Turkey’s EU accession process has been stalled since the middle of 2010. The country has only opened 13 of the 35 chapters of EU law in more than six years, the last one during Spain’s EU presidency in the first half of 2010. The Cyprus problem remains mired in a blame game. Meanwhile, Ankara’s foreign policy toward the countries in its neighbourhood is much more assertive and the ‘Turkish model’ is gaining influence in the Arab spring countries.

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