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itself displaying the political will to move forward. If Turkey is indeed serious about its democratization and European orientation it must eventually choose to leave behind its maximalist designs on Cyprus and see it as an equal partner in the EU. Perhaps one of the major issues that needs to be studied further is the likely outcome of a decision for a special relationship between the EU and Turkey on Cyprus. Such a decision may be reached either by the EU, or by Turkey, or by both. In view of the fact that, to a great extent in the last years, the strategy in relation to promoting a resolution to the Cyprus question depended (especially in recent years) on the assumption that Turkey will eventually join the EU, this matter should be revisited. Nonetheless, it is widely acknowledged that the further democratization and modernization of Turkey will serve multiple objectives. Certainly, Turkey must have a fair chance for accession to the EU. At the same time, however, Turkey’s Europeanization process involves obligations that cannot be compromised. Turkey should realize this and act accordingly. If, however, Ankara believes that eventually its interests would be better served by a special relationship then the ballgame changes substantially and would require a comprehensive assessment by the EU.

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Turkey on the European Doorstep  

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