European Union Enlargement: A Status Report on Turkey's Accession Negotiations [October 8, 2009] [open pdf - 186KB]
"October 2009 marks the fourth anniversary of the European Union's decision to proceed with formal negotiations with Turkey toward full membership in the Union. It will also mark the fourth time a formal report on Turkey's accession progress will be issued by the European Commission. The occasion will likely be marked by a mixed assessment of Turkey's accomplishments thus far in working through the various chapters of the accession process that have been opened, as well as continued skepticism on the part of many Europeans about whether Turkey should be embraced as a member of the European family. The principal issues center around what the EU believes has been a slowing of certain critical reforms within Turkey, a perceived ambivalence toward the EU by the current Turkish leadership, and Turkey's failure to live up to its agreement to extend the benefits of its customs union with the EU to Cyprus, including the continued reluctance by Turkey to open its sea and air ports to Cypriot shipping and commerce until a political settlement has been achieved on Cyprus. Further complicating the accession process is the ongoing debate within parts of Europe over the implications of the growing Muslim population in Europe and the impact Turkey's admission into the Union would have on Europe's future."
CRS Report for Congress, RS22517
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