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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 procedure because the island had first utilized to join -- and the top of six complete years of advanced and extreme negotiations. Upon becoming a member of the ecu, 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 accomplished alterations to the interior social, financial, and political state of affairs of Cyprus, in addition to to its exterior kin.
An Island in Europe strains those advancements, interpreting the method of accession and its wide-reaching repercussions. It bargains an authoritative and entire account of a severe part in Cypriot background, from a number of specialists within the fields of politics, academia and clash answer. The authors clarify the industrial, political, and criminal ramifications of ecu club and discover how Cyprus has endeavored -- occasionally effectively, at different instances much less so -- to conform to those calls for. This ebook is a vital contribution to an figuring out of latest Cyprus. it will likely be an essential source for somebody concerned with the politics or background of the island or looking to comprehend Cyprus as a case research for clash resolution.

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As an EU member, Greece was part of the internal decision-making processes, and was therefore in a position to influence EU policy towards Cyprus to a large extent. g. enlargement, EU decisions in the European Council or Council of Ministers have to be taken unanimously. This fact was the basis for the intergovernmental blocking tactic, which can be observed in the most important decisions along Cyprus’ accession path. Already in June 1994, at the European Council meeting in Corfu, the Heads of State and Government took the decision that Cyprus 28 AN ISLAND IN EUROPE should be included in the next enlargement phase.

Already in June 1994, at the European Council meeting in Corfu, the Heads of State and Government took the decision that Cyprus 28 AN ISLAND IN EUROPE should be included in the next enlargement phase. Neither the conflictual conditionality of the Avis was mentioned, nor the deadline taken into account, which stipulated a reassessment of the situation at the earliest in January 1995. Moreover, the conclusions are also inconsistent with the Council of Ministers’ decision of 4 October 1993, which confirmed the handling of the application proposed in the Avis.

In comparison, the whole accession process of Finland took less than three years (March 1992 till January 1995), with the Avis presented in eight months. 11. Commission of the European Communities, Opinion on the application by the Republic of Cyprus for Membership, 30 June 1993. 12. ‘Greece wants EU Cyprus accession talks commitment’, Athens News THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 41 Agency, Bulletin, Athen, 4 June 1994. 13. Former German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel, ‘EU takes step towards Cyprus Membership’, The Times, 7 February 1995.

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