By James Ker-Lindsay

The celebrations which marked the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the ecu Union on May 1, 2004 signaled the top of a fourteen 12 months technique because the island had first utilized to join -- and the top of six complete years of complex and severe negotiations. Upon becoming a member of the ecu, Cyprus was once broadly considered as the main complicated of the 10 acceding states. but this didn't hinder the stipulations of accession and its aftermath from bringing frequent and complete alterations to the interior social, financial, and political state of affairs of Cyprus, in addition to to its exterior family members.
An Island in Europe strains those advancements, reading the method of accession and its wide-reaching repercussions. It bargains an authoritative and entire account of a severe part in Cypriot background, from a variety of specialists within the fields of politics, academia and clash answer. The authors clarify the commercial, political, and felony ramifications of ecu club and discover how Cyprus has endeavored -- occasionally effectively, at different instances much less so -- to evolve to those calls for. This ebook is a crucial contribution to an knowing of latest Cyprus. it will likely be an important source for somebody concerned with the politics or heritage of the island or looking to comprehend Cyprus as a case research for clash resolution.

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13 In the end, the EU was able to lift Greece’s veto by setting a date for the start of accession negotiations with Cyprus. Nevertheless, the EU did not specify what would happen if the Cypriot imbroglio was not solved by the time the accession negotiations were about to be concluded. THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 29 At the European Council Helsinki on 10-11 December 1999 Greece used its strategy again:14 it threatened to veto Turkey’s candidate nomination in the forefront of the summit. Turkey, on the other hand, threatened to deny EU access to NATO facilities and equipment as long as no credible membership perspective would be offered.

While in the north the plan received the support of some 65 percent of voters, in the south the overwhelming majority of about 76 percent voted ‘no’ and thus gave the UN-brokered solution a sharp rebuff. The hope for the inclusion of a reunited Cyprus into the ranks of the EU Member States had been shattered. The Turkish Cypriot ‘yes’ can be linked back mainly to the desire to become an EU member. Membership, instead of independence, was seen as the ‘silver bullet’ for an economic, political and social enhancement of their own existence.

13 In the end, the EU was able to lift Greece’s veto by setting a date for the start of accession negotiations with Cyprus. Nevertheless, the EU did not specify what would happen if the Cypriot imbroglio was not solved by the time the accession negotiations were about to be concluded. THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 29 At the European Council Helsinki on 10-11 December 1999 Greece used its strategy again:14 it threatened to veto Turkey’s candidate nomination in the forefront of the summit. Turkey, on the other hand, threatened to deny EU access to NATO facilities and equipment as long as no credible membership perspective would be offered.

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