Turkey And Intra European Rejection Of Turkey

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From the filing of its EU membership application in 1987, Turkey has long attempted to become a member of the European Union. As of 2014, Turkey is still a candidate country for membership and its position doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. This paper will outline the various challenges Turkey faced in the past and its relation to current challenges facing her ascension to membership in the European Union. This will take the form of establishing Turkey’s position relative to other European nations from the end of the Second World War and how Turkey is progressing towards Europeanization. This paper will also discuss Turkey’s security outlook, its completion of the Copenhagen Criteria, the current issues surrounding Cyprus and intra-European rejection of Turkey as a possible EU candidate.
From the end of the Second World War, Turkey has enjoyed its position as the West’s (especially America’s) strategic security bastion as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) against Communist threats. According to Oguzlu (2002), in the post-Cold War period, Turkey and its elites still view it’s relation to other entities, especially the EU, as that of a strategic security partner. He makes the point that an often used Turkish argument wherein if EU members desire to turn the EU into a global security actor with interests in Turkey’s vicinity, they would push more strongly for Turkey’s admittance into the EU.
Oguzlu describes two main reasons why such thinking on
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