EU Enlargement and Turkey’s Accession Process Interview Series I:
Interview with Dr. Ulrich Sedelmeier: Turkey’s EU Membership, “a Political, not a Technical Question”
Nowadays the enlargement does not seem to be at the European Union’s (EU) agenda due to the increasing impact of economic crises on the EU. Despite the economic problems that the EU faces today, EU enlargement process does not stagnate. Presently Croatia is on the path for EU membership as an acceding country, which will be the 28th member of the EU on 1 July 2013. There are five more candidate states to the EU: Iceland, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Particularly on the Turkey’s accession process, in which the EU launched accession negotiations with Turkey in 2005, a number of issues remain as stumbling blocks on Turkey’s road to EU accession. While some of these issues can be evaluated in regard to Turkey’s compliance problems, some are related to the application EU conditionality, conditioning some priorities outside the political or acquis criteria, such as the EU’s absorption capacity or settlement of Cyprus dispute for Turkey’s accession.
In this interview series of Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey), we aim to revive the debate on EU enlargement and Turkey’s accession process. Dr. Ulrich Sedelmeier, a distinguished scholar from the London School of Economics and Political Science, International Relations department, has evaluated the recent process of EU enlargement and Turkey’s accession to the EU.