Archive for January, 2011

Turks Are at the Gates

January 29, 2011

By Tuukka Repo and Liisa Paltta

Turkey has been banging on the gates of European Union for decades but it takes a considerable amount of time to change the image of a country. The Turks have made some progress in the matter in recent years yet still the negotiations seem sluggish at best.

There is little doubt among most observers that over the past five years, the EU accession process has had an influence on Turkey’s internal march toward reform and democratization. It has also been a factor in helping transform Turkey’s economy, its political atmosphere, military institutions, leadership, and political culture.