Reading suggestion: ‘Turkey and the European Union: Facing new challenges and opportunities’

We would like to present to our readers the book Turkey and the European Union: Facing new challenges and opportunities, edited by Firat Cengiz and Lars Hoffmann, which you can borrow at the Library.

In recent years, Turkey has become an ever more important actor on the international stage. This book explores the evolving challenges and opportunities facing Turkey-EU relationship, which dates back over 50 years to the signing in 1963 of the agreement establishing an Association between the European Economic Community and Turkey. It is the result of a selection from over 60 abstracts from diverse disciplines and countries, from which the editors selected 11 papers addressing four general themes: the role of the Cyprus issue in Turkey-EU relations; the potential for structured Turkey-EU cooperation, particularly with regard to the Middle Eastern region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring; the future of democratic reform in Turkey in a context of fading EU influence; and the changing role of Europe in Turkish political discourse, as well as its impact on the daily lives of Turkish citizens.

The 11 individual chapters offer the reader an in-depth understanding of how the relationship has developed over time, some current opportunities and challenges facing it, and possible strategies to address the challenges in a constructive way.

We believe that this book will be of great interest to politicians, diplomats and civil servants working in international organisations, as well as to academics and students of Turkey-EU relations, EU external relations, Europeanisation and Turkish and Middle Eastern politics.

Firat Cengiz is Lecturer in Law and Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Her main research interests are Europeanisation and multi-level governance.

Lars Hoffmann is Assistant Professor at the International and European Law Department of the Maastricht University. His primary research interests are European governance, executive-parliamentary relations and accountability.

We hope you enjoy the book!

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