EU enlargement conditions and minority protection: A reflection on Turkey's non-Muslim minorities


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Toktaş Ş.

East European Quarterly, vol.40, pp.489-518, 2006 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 40
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Name: East European Quarterly
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.489-518
  • Police Academy Affiliated: No

Abstract

This article aims to review the EU’s urge on Turkey to fulfil the Copenhagen criteria, hence the condition of ‘respect for and protection of minorities’ in the case of non-Muslim minorities. In light of the documents released by the EU institutions - such as the Commission regular reports, the Council decisions and the Accession Partnership with Turkey, and the oral and written questions discussed in the European Parliament, - the article tries to outline and analyze how the EU develops a stance vis-à-vis Turkey’s treatment towards its non-Muslim minorities. The article utilizes the result of a research on the essential documents released by the EU.