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By James Ker-Lindsay

ISBN-10: 1848856784

ISBN-13: 9781848856783

The celebrations which marked the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the eu Union on May 1, 2004 signaled the tip of a fourteen 12 months technique because the island had first utilized to join -- and the top of six complete years of advanced and severe negotiations. Upon becoming a member of the european, Cyprus was once broadly considered as the main complicated of the 10 acceding states. but this didn't hinder the stipulations of accession and its aftermath from bringing common and accomplished adjustments to the inner social, monetary, and political scenario of Cyprus, in addition to to its exterior family members.
An Island in Europe lines those advancements, interpreting the method of accession and its wide-reaching repercussions. It bargains an authoritative and finished account of a severe part in Cypriot background, from various specialists within the fields of politics, academia and clash answer. The authors clarify the industrial, political, and felony ramifications of ecu club and discover how Cyprus has endeavored -- occasionally effectively, at different occasions much less so -- to evolve to those calls for. This publication is a crucial contribution to an knowing of up to date Cyprus. will probably be an essential source for somebody concerned with the politics or historical past of the island or trying to comprehend Cyprus as a case learn for clash resolution.

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9. 7. 10. In comparison, the whole accession process of Finland took less than three years (March 1992 till January 1995), with the Avis presented in eight months. 11. Commission of the European Communities, Opinion on the application by the Republic of Cyprus for Membership, 30 June 1993. 12. ‘Greece wants EU Cyprus accession talks commitment’, Athens News THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 41 Agency, Bulletin, Athen, 4 June 1994. 13. Former German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel, ‘EU takes step towards Cyprus Membership’, The Times, 7 February 1995.

Turkey’s decision of December 1997 to freeze EU relations was an unpleasant example of what could happen if major decisions in regard to Cyprus were taken without simultaneously rewarding Ankara for being conciliatory towards Cyprus’ ongoing accession process. The official invitation to the Republic of Cyprus to start accession talks by the Luxembourg European Council, while at the same deciding not to recognise Turkey as a candidate country, provoked a major rift in the relationship between the EU and Ankara, which was only closed two years later by the EU’s Helsinki decision to nominate Turkey as a candidate.

Again, this change was induced by a Greek vetothreat, namely to block the customs union with Turkey. For the European Union, the denial of the completion of the customs union with Turkey was out of the question. ’13 In the end, the EU was able to lift Greece’s veto by setting a date for the start of accession negotiations with Cyprus. Nevertheless, the EU did not specify what would happen if the Cypriot imbroglio was not solved by the time the accession negotiations were about to be concluded. THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 29 At the European Council Helsinki on 10-11 December 1999 Greece used its strategy again:14 it threatened to veto Turkey’s candidate nomination in the forefront of the summit.

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