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Swedish Consulate Istanbul - Bosphorus

Sailing to Byzantium

June 2004

In June 2004, ESI held its regular members' meeting at the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul. It also launched its most ambitious project to date: ESI Turkey.

From a small office overlooking the Bosphorus, a new team began to analyse developments in the largest, most complex and most controversial EU candidate. ESI focused on three issues: social and economic developments in different regions of the country; reform of the Turkish state in the context of EU accession; and the enlargement debate both in Turkey and in EU member states.

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