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  • Recommendations: * An informal ‘trialogue’ involving the EU, Turkey and Russia should be established, allowing cooperation over security to build from the ground up. * In order to strengthen Turkey’s European identity, Ankara should be given a top-table seat at the trialogue, in parallel with enhanced EU accession negotiations. New chapters should be opened on CSDP and energy. * The EU should be represented by the foreign affairs high representative, Catherine Ashton, institutionalising the EU as a security actor. * A European security identity should be fostered by encouraging the involvement of Russia in projects like missile defence that focus on external threats to Europe. * Russian resolve should be tested by a commitment to dealing with frozen conflicts and instability in the wider European area.
    (tags: eu)
  • SF3 has withdrawn the invitation to Elizabeth Moon to attend WisCon 35 as guest of honor.
    (tags: sf)
  • Natalie Tocci, like me, is pretty dismayed by the most recent developments.
    (tags: cyprus eu)

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applez
Oct. 22nd, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I can't shake the feeling that I'm witnessing a game of Diplomacy.
alexmc
Oct. 22nd, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: Turkey:

I don't really understand this "chapters" opening and closing.

So Turkey is dragging its feet and the rest of the EU is kind of pissed off with it. Not actually that surprised.


Not sure what the Turks are worried about: Cypriots would probably be happy spending money on Turkish goods. They would benefit from increased local trade - and it would probably help to drop bans on trde with Northern Cyprus.

I am aware that thissounds like the ball is in Turkey's court, but they want to join this big union of nations, not vice versa.
nwhyte
Oct. 22nd, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
The context is a combination of broken promises and bad faith, mainly I'm afraid on the EU side rather than the Turkish side. From the Turkish point of view, what should be a technical process of getting their government machinery fit for the EU keeps on running up against political issues, of which the two biggest are the Greek Cypriots blocking particular steps really because they can, and the French wanting to back out of the existing commitment to future Turkish membership.

A senior EU official once said to me that the genius of the EU is in translating political problems into technical issues, but in this case the opposite seems to be happening.
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