Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 4, No. 3 (Fall 2005)
"Turkey-EU Relations: Thinking Ahead"

Olli Rehn

Olli Rehn
Olli Rehn is the European Commission's Comissioner for Enlargement

"By starting accession negotiations with Turkey, the EU has become 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. (…) Be confident that, if Turkey works well, in harmony and with the participation and support of all its citizens, then the EU will be glad to have you as a member which strengthens our common house."

TPQ-article: "The European Union and Turkey: beginning the common journey"

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Mehmet Ali Talat

Mehmet Ali Talat
Mehmet Ali Talat is the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

"What the Turkish Cypriots expect from the EU is quite clear: that the EU keep its promises of direct aid for encouraging socio-economic investments and the start of direct trade with the ultimate goal of free trade in line with its own expressed will, as well as that of the UN Secretary General's, in order to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot people."

TPQ-article: "Turkish Cypriots’ expectations from the European Union"

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Ebru Ertugal
Dr. Ebru Ertugal has recently received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

"Turkey's EU candidacy poses a dilemma for the security conscious nationalist elite. While EU membership represents the culmination of the process of Turkish Westernization and modernization, membership conditions such as the recognition of Kurdish cultural rights, are perceived as threats to national security and integrity. (…)

This thinking is not only unwilling to delegate authority to a supranational body like the EU in order not to loose national sovereignty, but also unwilling to delegate authority to sub-national levels in the face of perceived threats from ‘internal enemies'."

TPQ-article: "Strategies for regional development: challenges facing Turkey on the road to EU membership"

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Özsel Beleli

Özsel Beleli
Özsel Beleli is a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs – Princeton University, USA and was an ESI analyst in 2004

"The most significant lesson from the GAP experience is that effective regional development cannot take place in the absence of an overall reform of the public administration structure and the public investment system. Simply creating additional institutions at the regional level with the immense task of regional programming, project co-ordination and monitoring will not be enough to overcome the regional disparities within Turkey and in relation to the EU."

TPQ-article: "Regional policy and EU accession: Learning from the GAP experience"

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Teresa Reeves
Teresa Reeves is Sector Manager for the Regional Policy and Cross Border Cooperation department of the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey

"Whilst the trend towards decentralisation has spread rapidly across Europe and is now very advanced in several Member States, in Turkey it is still in its very early stages. (…) The reduction of regional disparities is a priority issue raised each year in the Regular Report, and the EU is assisting Turkey in addressing this problem through funds for regional development programmes."

TPQ-article: "Turkey's regional policy on the road to the EU"

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Murat Sungar

Murat Sungar
Ambassador Murat Sungar is General Secretary of the Secretariat General for the EU Affairs (EUSG) of Turkey

"The key problem for public administration reform in Turkey lies not only within the content of laws, but also within its effective implementation. It is extremely difficult to enforce laws, in an environment of weak administrative capacity and institutions."

TPQ-article: "Turkish-EU negotiatians: prospective effects on public administration and regional development"

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Burak Erdenir

Burak Erdenir
Dr. Burak Erdenir is a European Union expert at the Secretariat General for the EU Affairs (EUSG) of Turkey

"The percentage of Muslims in France – roughly about 9 per cent – is close to the ten percent of black population of the 1950s' United States.  "Blacks in America" has been the top political and social agenda item of the country up to the 21st century.  "Muslims in Europe" will definitely occupy the agenda of Europe for the coming decades."

TPQ-article: "The future of Europe: Islamophobia?"

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Murat Seyrek

Demir Murat Seyrek
D. Murat Seyrek is ARI Movement's Representative to the EU and a Ph.D. Candidate at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

"We witnessed many ups and downs in Turkey-EU relations after the 17 december decision (…) at the same time, demotivation in Turkey due to the discussions in the EU, rise in Euroscepticism and reform fatigue caused a clear slowdown in the EU process."

TPQ-article: "Annual update: Turkey's road to the EU"

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