History

Will Turkey Ever Be Able To Join The EU?

After years of waiting for EU membership, Turkey is still far from meeting its entry requirements. So what is Turkey doing wrong?

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Turkey (ec.europa.eu)
"In 1987, Turkey applied to join what was then the European Economic Community, and in 1997 it was declared eligible to join the EU."

Can a Turkey sliding into despotism and censorship still join the EU? The answer must be no (theguardian.com)
"It is waging war on an ethnic minority, its riot police just stormed the offices of a major newspaper, its secret service faces allegations of arming Isis, its military shot down a Russian bomber - and yet Turkey wants to join the European Union."

End of Turkey-PKK ceasefire puts HDP in a tough spot (aljazeera.com)
"Two months ago, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) gained enough votes to secure a place in the Turkish parliament for the first time - a historic electoral victory that raised hopes for a new era of peace and political empowerment for the country's long-suppressed Kurdish minority."

Migrant crisis: EU-Turkey deal comes into effect (bbc.com)
"An EU-Turkey deal to tackle the migrant crisis has formally come into effect."