In the wake of the recently attempted coup, with its government actively eroding checks and balances, censoring the press and arresting political opponents, why is the European Union still considering extending membership to Turkey? According to political scientist Michael Leigh of the German Marshall Fund think tank, vested interests in maintaining a connection with Turkey may keep the EU from breaking off accession talks with the embattled nation, but the future of EU-Turkish relations remains a far from settled prospect.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Turkey’s politics run contrary to the EU’s membership criteria,
- Why the EU continues to consider Turkey’s accession, in spite of its shortcomings and
- What kind of relationship may exist between the EU-Turkey, moving forward.
About the Author
Michael Leigh is a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund think tank, and visiting scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.