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EU-Turkey Relations

Theories, Institutions, and Policies

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  • Contributes to the literature on Turkey’s relations with the European Union from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Covers the core dimensions and angles that have been frequently, yet separately, utilized by many studies on EU-Turkey relations
  • Investigates the EU’s ongoing quest for a multifaceted relationship with its neighborhood, effective external action, and migration and crisis management

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This open access book explores the new complexities and ambiguities that epitomize EU-Turkey relations. With a strong focus on the developments in the last decade, the book provides full access to a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted relationship through three entry points: (1) Theories and Concepts, (2) Institutions, and (3) Policies. Part I brings together complementary and competing analytical approaches to study the evolution of EU-Turkey relations, ranging from traditional integration theories to novel concepts. Part II investigates the institutional machinery of EU-Turkey relations by analyzing the roles and perspectives of the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. Part III offers analyses of the policies most relevant for the relationship: enlargement policy, trade and macroeconomic policies, foreign and security policy, migration and asylum policies, and energy policy. In Part IV, the volume closes with a systematic survey of the conditions under which cooperative trends in EU-Turkey relations could be (re)invigorated. The systematic setup and the balanced combination of distinguished experts from EU- and Turkey-based institutions make this book a fundamental reading for students, researchers, lecturers, and practitioners of EU-Turkey relations, European integration and Turkish foreign policy.

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Conclusions


“Provide up-to-date insights into diplomatic relations between Turkey and the European Union and help understand how they have evolved over time. … the books shed new light on the EU’s main concerns and provide new perspectives. … This is a comprehensive work that tackles the most relevant issues on the topic and analyses Turkey–EU relations in their broadest form.” (Massimo D’Angelo, International Affairs, Vol. 98 (1), 2022)

“Never have relations between Turkey and the European Union been so tense. Yet rarely have we had the opportunity to realize how important this relationship is, for good and ill. At such a critical juncture, this edited volume by Reiners and Turhan provides a much needed theoretical, empirical and policy compass to guide us through the turbulent waters of what remains an existentially important relationship for both the European Union and Turkey.”

Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to EU HRVP Josep Borrell, and Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome, Italy

“This is an important and original contribution. It offers concrete suggestions concerning how to end the current stalemate in Turkey-EU relations and recreate the basis of a new partnership. It should appeal to a broad audience of scholars, students and practitioners.”

Ziya Öniş, Professor, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

“This volume amounts to a quintessential handbook of EU-Turkey relations after 2009. The theoretical and empirical breadth of its contributions and their state-of-the art analyses in light of domestic, bilateral and global influences provide valuable insights for the interested public, policymakers and experts alike. Instead of reaffirming stereotypes, the authors highlight the complexities of the relationship, providing an excellent basis for future studies as much as further political debate.”

Thomas Diez, Professor, University of Tübingen, Germany

“This volume focuses on the last decade of the relations between the EU and Turkey when profound changes have taken place both in Europe and the World. The book’s unique contribution rests on the fact that it introduces a systematic and multidimensional analysis of the field bringing together studies on theories, actors, and policies. It should be praised as the result of a fruitful collaboration between scholars from the EU and Turkey—all of them European—when relations at the political level ran into hurdles.”

Çiğdem Nas, Secretary General, Economic Development Foundation (IKV) / Associate Professor, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

“With excellent timing Reiners and Turhan have brought together a distinguished team of experts to look at the dynamics of a relationship that is often problematic but of critical importance to both the EU and Turkey. The volume covers not only the current disputes between the two sides but offers a balanced, thoughtful but critical analysis of the multi-faceted EU-Turkey relationship over the past decade or so, providing us with an excellent and comprehensive study.”

Geoffrey Edwards, Senior Fellow and Emeritus Reader, University of Cambridge, UK

Editors and Affiliations

  • German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany

    Wulf Reiners

  • Turkish-German University, Istanbul, Turkey

    Ebru Turhan

About the editors

Wulf Reiners is Senior Researcher and Head of the ‘Managing Global Governance’ (MGG) Program of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Previously, he was Assistant Professor at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul, Turkey, and Researcher at the University of Cologne, Germany. He has served as the Academic Coordinator and Program Director of various EU-funded projects on EU-Turkey relations, EU external action, and digitalization towards sustainable development.

Ebru Turhan is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Turkish-German University in Istanbul, Turkey. She also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Politics (IEP), Germany. Her research focuses on EU-Turkey relations, external differentiated integration, EU enlargement policy, and German-Turkish relations. Turhan holds an MA in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath, UK and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne, Germany.

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