Today we will cover one of the longest and complicated articles about Turkey. The Accession to the European Union. Throughout the article I will provide my personal thoughts about the situation and some facts about it as well. So let’s see how this all started first. Everything began when Turkey entered the Council of Europe in 1949. Turkey kept aligning itself with the West due to the huge threat of the Soviet Union from the East. That was not the only fact of course but it was a major one.
In 1961 Turkey became the founding member of the (OECD) which stands for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and development. The alignment kept on going and Turkey joined the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 1973. At this point Turkey made it very clear that it was on the side of the EU in a regional sense. The fact that Turkey joined NATO in 1952 also became a very supporting factor in this political alignment. Even when the Cold War came to an end Turkey maintained its pro EU policy and was an associate member of the Western European Union from 1992 until 2011. The next step was the still standing and economically critical Customs Union agreement which was signed in 1995.
After the deal of the Customs Union agreement a chance of becoming a full member started to become reality. In 1999 Turkey was officially recognised as a candidate member. In 2005 negotiations have started with the aim of finishing in a decade. This was the point where things went a little south and very off course. But due to the topic being lengthy I will continue with the article next week. So see you then fellow Lexiophiles!