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The European Union and the Cyprus problem: a story of limited impetus

George Kyris ()
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George Kyris: teaches European Politics at the Universities of Warwick and Manchester

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2012, vol. 3(1), 87-99

Abstract: This article discusses the role of the European Union (EU) in the Cyprus problem before and after accession in 2004. It is argued that, before 2004, Brussels provided limited incentives to the Greek Cypriots to contribute to resolution but, on the other hand, triggered a pro-solution/ EU trend amongst the Turkish Cypriots. On the contrary, in the post-accession era, the EU’s aptitude to contribute to a solution has further decreased: Greek Cypriots remain with inadequate EU-induced motivation to pursue resolution, while the pro-solution/ EU feelings of the Turkish Cypriots have receded, also due to Brussels’ failure to fulfill their expectations. While most of the literature on Cyprus has focused on the pre-accession period, the article offers a much needed insight into the EU’s role before and after Cyprus’ EU entry. The article draws on a variety of data, including a series of elite interviews conducted in Belgium and Cyprus.

Keywords: Cyprus problem; Greece; Turkey; European Union; enlargement; accession; Annan Plan. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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