Opening the way for Turkey’s EU accession depends on a fair reconciliation in Cyprus

A historic opportunity

Following last week’s Turkey-EU summit, the EU has taken the first serious step toward Turkey’s accession and notified Turkey with a letter saying that it planned to open five strategic chapters in the membership process. The letter, which was signed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU’s executive body, the European Commission (EC), was an appendix to the final communiqué of the Turkey-EU summit, which was held on Oct. 29. The topics of energy, judiciary and fundamental rights, justice, freedom and security, education and culture, foreign security and defense policies will be brought up in the first quarter of 2016. Let us note that Juncker’s letter and the concrete expression of chapters to be opened is a very important commitment for the EU. This also means that the EU has made a commitment for the removal of the Greek Cypriot Administration’s blockade on Turkey’s accession. The chapters of energy and defense, which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has insistently wanted all down the line, are very important in the current conjuncture. This is because when the resolution of the Cyprus question and the topics of energy, defense and foreign security policies are addressed together, it can be suggested that the EU, separately from Germany, will further lean toward Turkey’s theses willy-nilly.

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