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By James Ker-Lindsay

The celebrations which marked the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the ecu Union on May 1, 2004 signaled the tip of a fourteen 12 months method because the island had first utilized to join -- and the tip of six complete years of complex and excessive negotiations. Upon becoming a member of the european, Cyprus used to be commonly considered as the main complex of the 10 acceding states. but this didn't hinder the stipulations of accession and its aftermath from bringing frequent and finished alterations to the inner social, monetary, and political scenario of Cyprus, in addition to to its exterior relatives.
An Island in Europe lines those advancements, analyzing the method of accession and its wide-reaching repercussions. It deals an authoritative and finished account of a serious part in Cypriot heritage, from a number specialists within the fields of politics, academia and clash solution. The authors clarify the commercial, political, and criminal ramifications of ecu club and discover how Cyprus has endeavored -- occasionally effectively, at different instances much less so -- to evolve to those calls for. This e-book is a crucial contribution to an realizing of up to date Cyprus. it will likely be an important source for somebody concerned with the politics or historical past of the island or looking to comprehend Cyprus as a case examine for clash resolution.

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The logic of the ‘catalytic effect’ provided the chance to break the intransigence on the Turkish Cypriot side. However, the election of a national hardliner on the part of the Greek Cypriots was never anticipated. It is rather unfortunate – or even ironic – that the ‘catalytic effect’, and with it a solution, failed to materialise due to Greek Cypriot intransigence. Conclusion The unusual decision to allow the accession of a divided country is most of all the product of Greek persistent diplomatic efforts.

The pressure from other EU Member States not to mix up the accession of Cyprus with extraneous issues would probably have been much larger if the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot attitude towards the conflict had not been interpreted as completely intransigent by the THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 33 EU. An ambiguity existed between the desirable (‘No accession without solution’) and the achievable (‘Fifth enlargement round only by admission of Cyprus’). The counterfactual considerations of what would have happened if either Greece had not dropped its vetolobbying for the Republic or the EU had not fulfilled the membership desire of the Republic are interesting.

18. 23. Yannos Kranidiotis, Greek Foreign Policy: Thoughts and Quandaries on the Eve of the 21st Century (Athens: Sideris, 1999), p. 209. 24. Quoted in Erhard Franz, ‘Die Türken vor Brüssel, Der lange Weg der Türkei in die Europäische Union’, in Hanspeter Mattes, Nahost Jahrbuch 2000 (Opladen: Deutsches Orient-Institut, 2001), p. 194. 25. Tassos Papadopoulos, Declaration by the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos regarding the referendum of 24th April 2004, 7 April 2004 26. Ibid. 2 LEGAL ASPECTS OF MEMBERSHIP Nikos Skoutaris The EU’s historical success as a peacemaker between France and Germany has inspired many to wonder whether the Union may also bring peace to other conflict zones especially in Europe.

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