An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus by James Ker-Lindsay

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 yr technique because the island had first utilized to join -- and the tip of six complete years of advanced and severe negotiations. Upon becoming a member of the european, Cyprus used to be extensively considered as the main complex of the 10 acceding states. but this didn't hinder the stipulations of accession and its aftermath from bringing common and entire adjustments to the interior social, fiscal, and political state of affairs of Cyprus, in addition to to its exterior kinfolk.
An Island in Europe lines those advancements, analyzing the method of accession and its wide-reaching repercussions. It deals an authoritative and accomplished account of a severe part in Cypriot background, from more than a few specialists within the fields of politics, academia and clash solution. The authors clarify the industrial, political, and felony ramifications of european club and discover how Cyprus has endeavored -- occasionally effectively, at different occasions much less so -- to conform to those calls for. This publication is a crucial contribution to an knowing of latest Cyprus. it will likely be an essential source for an individual concerned with the politics or heritage of the island or trying to comprehend Cyprus as a case learn for clash resolution.

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It consists of a prime example of the ‘pragmatic approach’ that the Union has adopted when dealing with this issues arising from this conundrum. Crossing of persons Given the suspension of the acquis, Article 18 of the EC Treaty, according to which every EU citizen has the ‘right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, subject to the limitations and conditions laid down’ in the Treaty and by the measures adopted to give it effect,40 does not apply. Instead, the Council of the EU has unanimously defined the terms under which the provisions of EU law, with regard to free movement of persons, apply to the line in the Green Line Regulation.

For Turkey, the government of the Republic of Cyprus can obviously not be the sole representative of Cyprus, as Ankara recognises only the TRNC, thus, the application was not binding for the entire island from Turkey’s viewpoint. Additionally, Ankara’s strong objections were of course also based on the fear that their accession aspirations could be negatively affected by the Greek Cypriot application. If the (predominantly 24 AN ISLAND IN EUROPE Greek Cypriot) Republic of Cyprus joined the Community, there would be two potential Greek vetoes in the EU against Turkey.

From a European perspective it is remarkable that for nearly all countries in the EU periphery the sole and exclusive goal of all reorientation efforts was full EU membership. Any link to the EU below this status was undesirable and would have been interpreted as a failure or rejection. 5. Consequently, upon joining the European Union in May 2004 Cyprus seceded from the Non-Aligned Movement. 6. Phileleftheros, 25 April 1994. See also Agon, 18 and 25 July 1995. 7. Turkish Cypriot Memorandum addressed to the Council of Ministers of the European Communities in respect of an ‘Application’ for membership by ‘The Republic of Cyprus’, 12 July 1990.

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