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In the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor series, ZEI hass published the following papers between 2005 and 2011:


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 7, No. 2/3 , 2011/02-03

The ‘costs’ of non-integration of Turkey. Enlargement fatigue is widespread throughout the Union, while the ongoing debate for or against Turkish membership in the Union in particular has hardly produced any new arguments. However, if one takes interdependencies and interconnectedness seriously, the debate needs to take on a specific angle by asking what benefits can be expected of Turkish membership - for the EU and for Turkey. To phrase it differently: What are the “costs” of preventing Turkey from being integrated into the European Union? Just as the Cecchini Report in 1988 argued the case for the completion of the internal market, enlargement can also be - and needs to be - addressed from such a point of view. This issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor features reflections on exactly these “costs” of non-integration, together with an article highlighting the potential of integration by looking at Science and Research as a positive example - the only chapter in accession negotiations with Turkey so far that has been opened and (provisionally) closed.   (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 7, No. 1 , 2011/01

Change has come to the Mediterranean. The new issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor focuses on different aspects of the radical change in the region and reflects development perspectives with particular focus on the European Union and on Turkey. German MEP Ismail Ertug discusses in how far Turkey can serve as inspiration for transformative processes in the Southern Mediterranean. His analysis is complemented by reflections of Thomas Demmelhuber on the particular lessons Egypt could learn from Turkey, whereas Nalan Demiral and Andreas Marchetti address the European Union’s – actual and potential – role in the Southern Mediterranean.    (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 6, No. 2/3 , 2010/02-03

More than five years after the beginning of accession negotiations, Turkish and European authors discuss different development perspectives by looking into current trends in the European Union and in Turkey. In addition, this issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor presents five scenarios treating the possible futures of EU-Turkey relations. (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 6, No. 1 , 2010/01

For the first time since the launch of the initiative “European Capital of Culture” back in 1985, a Turkish town has been awarded this year’s title. Istanbul, at the meeting point of continents and cultures, shares this honour with the towns of Pécs in Hungary and Essen - for the entire Ruhr region - in Germany. Authors from the three towns highlight the specific nature of the respective capitals, share the main features of the specific “European Capital of Culture” programmes and comment on the particular contribution of “their” capitals to intercultural dialogue and increased mutual understanding. An interview with the first Turkish President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, concludes this issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor. (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 5, No. 3 , 2009/03

The Lisbon Treaty has entered into force on 1 December 2009. The authors of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor look into the new treaty, reflecting particularly on the treaty’s implications for the future of enlargement and of EU-Turkey relations. In the interview, Egemen Bağış, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, reflects on the treaty’s implications for Turkey, the newly created posts at the helm of the Union and Turkey’s foreign policy approaches in its neighbourhood. (Download)


 ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 5, No. 2 , 2009/02

Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Enlargement, reflects on past accomplishments and current challenges at the end of the current Commission’s term in this issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor. Besides the interview with Commissioner Rehn, the Monitor also features in-depth analyses of the elections to the European Parliament in June 2009 and provides insights into the reality and relevance of “Diaspora Turks” living in Europe.  (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 5, No. 1 , 2009/01

“Yes, we can” had been the uniting slogan of US President Barack Obama’s electoral campaign. It could also serve as the guiding slogan to overcome some of the still unsolved issues in EU-Turkey relations: The slow pace of reforms as well as of negotiations continuously challenges the negotiation process, Cyprus remains high on the agenda as well as the rejection of Turkey’s membership bid by a majority of EU citizens. New approaches and strategies are needed to eventually tackle and overcome these challenges as can be seen from the analyses in this issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor.  (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 4, No. 3 , 2008/03

After the Georgian-Russian escalation in August 2008, new possibilities for the peaceful development of the region and the solution of its "frozen conflicts" need to be discussed. Former ambassador Geert Ahrens discusses the chances of a Stability Pact for the Caucasus. Likewise, Georgian, Russian and Turkish authors comment on the developments since summer. In addition, the new issue of the “ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor” offers an historical approach to the understanding of the Cyprus dispute, an analysis of the Commission's Progress Report and insights into the impact of the international financial crisis on Turkey.   (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 4, No. 2 , 2008/02

The Union for the Mediterranean constitutes one of the ambitious projects of the French Council Presidency. Turkish and European authors reflect on the possibilities and limits of this new scheme to enhance relations in the Mediterranean area. Besides, this ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor also focuses on bilateral EU-Turkish relations and on domestic developments in Turkey.  (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 4, No. 1 , 2008/01

Any negotiation result with Turkey will depend on the votes of national parliamentarians. This EU-Turkey Monitor particularly focuses on some parliamentary debates – on both sides of the Bosporus. In addition, the current state of reforms and negotiations is discussed, with particular focus on the two chapters opened in December 2007. The March issue of the Monitor concludes with an analysis of the constitutional developments in Turkey. (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 3, No. 3 , 2007/03

The ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor addresses societal aspects on both sides of the Bosporus. Various articles analyse the public opinion within the EU, the situation of communities of Turkish origin in the EU and the position of women in Turkish society. In addition, readers are provided with a brief analysis of the new EU Reform Treaty. (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 3, No. 2 , 2007/02

Negotiations with Turkey have entered a new stage with the opening of three chapters containing substantial acquis. The ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor looks into the details of the chapters now open for negotiations. In addition, the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey are analysed and commented on by Turkish as well as European experts.  (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 3, No. 1 , 2007/01

The suspension of eight out of 35 chapters by the Council in December 2006 has caused new frictions in EU-Turkey relations. These have been accompanied by various developments and trends – positively and negatively. The new ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor focuses on these current trends such as the development perspectives after the Council’s decision or the implications of the German EU Presidency for Turkey. Since the general awareness of the situation of non-Muslim minorities in Turkey increased considerably after the Pope’s visit in November/December 2006 and the assassination of Hrant Dink in January 2007, the current issue also assembles different views on this topic. (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2006/03

The third issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor in 2006 mainly focuses on media perceptions and the different images that prevail on both sides of the Bosphorus. The journalists and commentators Mehmet Ali Birand and Thomas Gutschker give insights in their practical work. The issue also provides a first analysis of the Commission’s Progress Report on Turkey, issued on 8 November 2006. (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2006/02

The European Union's "absorption capacity" has been widely discussed over the past months. Since the concept is highly disputed the new issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor has assembled different views on the topic, inter alia from MEPs Elmar Brok and Vural Öger. (Download)


 ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2006/01

Accession Negotiations between Turkey and the EU officially started on 3 October 2005. Although the declared aim of negotiations is the full membership of Turkey in the EU, it is far from certain that this aim will eventually be attained. The concept of phased integration, discussed in the current issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, might be considered a feasible alternative by supporters as well as opponents of Turkey’s quest for membership. (Download)


ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2005/01

The first issue of the ZEI EU-Turkey-Monitor explores the perspectives for EU-Turkey relations after the official start of accession negotiations on 3 October 2005. The general framework for the negotiations is addressed and the most critical points ahead are identified. (Download)

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