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By James Ker-Lindsay

ISBN-10: 1848856784

ISBN-13: 9781848856783

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 12 months 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 generally considered as the main complex of the 10 acceding states. but this didn't hinder the stipulations of accession and its aftermath from bringing frequent and finished alterations to the inner social, financial, and political state of affairs of Cyprus, in addition to to its exterior family members.
An Island in Europe lines those advancements, interpreting the method of accession and its wide-reaching repercussions. It deals an authoritative and entire account of a severe section in Cypriot historical past, from a variety of specialists within the fields of politics, academia and clash solution. The authors clarify the industrial, political, and felony ramifications of ecu club and discover how Cyprus has endeavored -- occasionally effectively, at different occasions much less so -- to evolve to those calls for. This e-book is a crucial contribution to an figuring out of latest Cyprus. it will likely be an important source for somebody concerned with the politics or background of the island or trying to comprehend Cyprus as a case examine for clash resolution.

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Instead of a long-term strategy for dealing with Cyprus, the accession process of the island was an incremental process, owing to the utilisation of the intergovernmental unanimity requirements by Athens. Without the membership of Greece, the Cyprus imbroglio would have probably continued to remain a distant conflict and any membership application would have been put on ice, unless a solution to the ethnic conflict had been found. Thus, the EU membership of Greece, and its persistent lobbying for the Republic of Cyprus, is vital to understanding why the EU proceeded with its membership application.

37 This provision, together with Article 6 of Protocol No 3 of the Act of Accession, provided the legal basis for the adoption of the Green Line Regulation,38 which constitutes the main legislative device for the partial application of the acquis in the northern part of the island. As shall be seen, the framework provided by that Regulation has managed to lift partially but effectively39 the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community without recognising any other authority on the island apart from the legitimate Government of the Republic.

Therefore, the EU Member States did not want to get involved in the Cyprus conflict at all. Particularly because no danger was emanating from Cyprus in terms of the ‘Southern Threat’: the island was westoriented and politically stable on both sides of the island, despite the THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 25 division. Finding a coherent approach to balancing the conflicting interests in the confused Cyprus situation was very delicate. From an historical viewpoint it is interesting to note that apart from a number of declarations and resolutions, the Community has never played an important role in the dispute nor ever suggested a concrete plan for its solution.

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