Course Information

The objective of this elective course is to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical facts about the politics of Turkey – EU relations. Turkey has shown a keen interest in the integration process in Europe from the very beginning. Turkey applied for Associate Membership in the EEC, shortly after the Treaty of Rome, establishing the EEC, was signed in 1957. The Ankara Agreement, signed between Turkey and the EEC in 1963, envisaged Turkey’s full membership.When the European Council decided in its December 2004 Summit to open accession negotiations with Turkey on 3 October 2005, it ushered a new era in the relations between Turkey and the EU. On this context, therefore, this course will focus on historical, political and strategic developments between Turkey and the EU.