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Richard Howitt MEP (UK, Labour) [European Parliament]
Europe's East 04-12-2014

Macedonia’s feeble flame of aspiration

Are European policy-makers crushing hopes of progress in Macedonia by putting enlargement on the back burner, Richard Howitt wonders. 
Global Europe 04-10-2013

October comes again: Western Balkans’ chance to join the EU

As the Commission prepares its October progress reports, the prospect of European accession has taken on quasi-religious status in the Western Balkans: it offers hope but, in some cases, sounds mildly utopian. This is a good time to speed up the pace and put words into action for the Balkans' accession, Shenoll Muharremi writes.
Enlargement 24-07-2009

The Unfinished Business of the Fifth Enlargement Countries

"Five years (or two and a half, in the case of Bulgaria and Romania) following accession, EU membership for the ten central and eastern European states […] has not marked the end of the process of transition of those countries," writes Assya Kavrakova in a recent report for the European Policies Initiative (EuPI).
Global Europe 02-10-2008

Time to start a balanced debate on Turkish EU membership

"It is high time to conduct a reasoned debate about the costs and benefits of Turkish EU accession," argues Markus Jäger of Deutsche Bank Research.
Enlargement 10-09-2008

Corruption hurts Turkey most

"The fact that Turkey lags so far behind when it comes to the fight against bribery and corruption seriously lowers Turkey's status before the EU," argues Zeynep Gögus, the president of Brussels-based NGO TR Plus Centre for Turkey in Europe and EURACTIV Turkey's publisher, in an interview with Today’s Zaman, a Turkey-based English daily.
Enlargement 17-06-2008

Europe and the Balkans: What’s to be done?

The EU must "show that it can act decisively and effectively" in the Western Balkans as the progress the bloc makes in the region tests its "credibility on the international scene," writes Graham Avery for the European Policy Centre. What's more, he calls on all countries in the region to apply for EU membership "sooner rather than later" and on the bloc "to reaffirm its membership promise" to them.
Global Europe 17-10-2007

Winning back confidence in EU-Turkey relations

Growing scepticism about the EU is spreading through Turkish society, writes Zeynep Gögü?, publisher of EURACTIV Turkey in the following commentary.
Central Europe 31-08-2007

What Europeans think about Turkey and why

For many politicians, journalists and think-tanks, the benefits of Turkish accession to the EU are "plain to see", writes Katinka Barysch in an August 2007 paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Trade & Society 03-08-2007

EU business ‘convinced’ of Turkey’s accession

Europe's entrepreneurs are convinced of the merits of Turkish accession to the EU even though EU politicians and voters are not, observe Katinka Barysch and Rainer Hermann in a June 2007 essay for the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Elections 18-07-2007

Legislative elections in Turkey: what to expect

On 22 July 2007, Turkish voters will renew the 550 members of the Grand National Assembly, the only chamber of Parliament. A Robert Schuman Foundation paper reviews the main issues in the general election - coming four months early following Parliament's failure to elect a successor to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
Central Europe 07-06-2007

Sarkozy, secularism and Turkey’s European future

The current turmoil in Turkey may well be the vital test of its democracy that the EU has long been calling for, states Katinka Barysch – chief economist at the Centre for European Reform (CER). In a new paper, she claims that if Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan succeeds in facing down the generals now, then future coups will become almost impossible.