WHY IS EUROPE SHUTTING DOOR ON TURKEY?

Author: Viktor Nadein-Rayevsky

(By Viktor Nadein-Rayevsky, senior research fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of World Economics and International Relations. RBC Daily, Nov. 9, 2016, p. 5. Complete text:) The wave of enthusiasm in Turkish society about joining the European Union has been replaced by disappointment after peaking in 2005. For its part, Europe, which is experiencing a surge of anti-immigration sentiment, is leaning toward suspending [accession] negotiations with Turkey.

A recent demarche by the European Parliament against continuing negotiations on Turkey’s EU accession seriously offended [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and his team. European Parliament deputies expressed their discontent with the Turkish leadership’s "inappropriate" response to an attempted coup [see Current Digest, Vol. 68, No. 29, p. 3 - 8], including mass arrests of both military personnel and civilians, and persecution of opposition media. However, the European Parliament deputies’ declaration aside, relations with [Turkey’s EU] partners have been far from rosy...

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