Volume IX - Turkey and the EU - Energy, Transport and Competition Policies

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Recent developments both in Turkey and its immediateneighbourhood have brought into sharp focusTurkey’s pivotal role in a region that has becomeincreasingly challenging to the EU. These developments,for example, have prompted Ankara todeclare more of an independent course of actionboth domestically and regionally and hasten into adétente with Russia. As a result, considerations ofTurkey’s European future have been eclipsed byconcerns about Ankara’s preference to aspire tobeing an independent regional power. Along withthose about Turkey’s orientation, time-honoredexistential questions are being raised again:Is Turkey a border, a buffer, or a bridge betweenthe EU and the Middle East?This book moves beyond the ‘identity’ debatebetween Turkey and the EU, and offers a guide atthis critical time for drawing lessons from a rigorousexamination of divergence and convergence betweenthe EU and Turkey in three signifi cant policy areas.The result of a focused research project conductedby a team of international policy experts from theCentral European University (Budapest) and SabancıUniversity (Istanbul), the studies included in thisvolume suggest alternative scenarios regarding howTurkey and the EU might jointly develop effectiveenergy, transport, and competition policies,regardless of Turkey’s EU candidacy status.These studies show how geostrategic realitiesultimately require Turkey to cooperate with the EUon a number of policy issues, despite Ankara’srhetoric to the contrary. Turkey’s role as an energysupplier to the EU has never been dropped fromAnkara’s policy agenda. More recently, the Turkishgovernment has been announcing how its investmentsin the third bridge across the Bosporus wouldhelp to release untapped potential of land-basedtrade between Europe and Asia. Regardless of thecurrent divergence of political visions, Turkey’spolicy aims, at least in the three policy examined,foresee coordination, if not cooperation, with the EU.

Edited by:
Ahmet O. Evin
Founding Dean and Emeritus professor, Sabanci University;
Jean Monnet Professor ad personam of European Policy Studies; Senior Scholar, Istanbul Policy Center
Emre Hatipoglu
Assistant Professor, Sabanci University;
Program Coordinator, International Studies (BA), European Studies (MA), Conflict Analysis and Resolution (MA)
Peter Balazs
Professor, Central European University;
Director, Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Central European University

Written by
Izak Atiyas
Peter Balazs
Andras Deak
Ahmet O. Evin
Tamás Fleischer
Aybars Görgülü
Emre Hatipoglu
Andras G. Inotai
Csaba Weiner


  • Focuses on strategic aspcts of Euro-Turkish relations with a view on regional policy
  • Highlights Turley’s potential to complement and reinforce EU policies and practices
  • Aim to enhance understanding of both Turkey’s and the EU positions
  • Provides by means of concrete examples fresh ideas for coherent neighbourhood policies


ISBN 9789077644379
ISBN ebook 9789077644515
Publication Date June 2016
Nr of Pages 210
Available as Hardback bound; Digital