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


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.