Turkey Entering the European Union Through the Balkan Doors: in the Style of a Great Power?
Romanian Journal of European Affairs. 2011;11(2):82-91
Journal Title: Romanian Journal of European Affairs
ISSN: 1582-8271 (Print); 1841-4273 (Online)
Publisher: European Institute of Romania
Society/Institution: European Institute of Romania
LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political science (General)
Country of publisher: Romania
Language of fulltext: French, English
Full-text formats available: PDF
Abstract | Full Text
Confronting an increasing EU opposition from a number of influential member states to its membership the AKP government adopted a multilateral approach to its foreign policy making resulting in dynamic economic and diplomatic policies with the countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Balkans region. In this article we analyzed the effects and consequences of a paradigmatic shift in Turkish foreign policy in the Western Balkans in relation to the country's EU membership prospects. Through its pro-active economic and diplomatic initiatives in the region Turkey has been proving itself as indispensable country for the European Union membership. Thus, if the Turkish government concentrates more on solving its internal problems and continues its pro-active diplomacy in Western Balkans, among other regions, it could become not only a regional but also a global power.