EU’s Turkey decision more challenging with Lisbon Treaty - analysis

The enforcement of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 has made the EU an actor representing Europe as a single legal entity, making their decision on Turkey’s EU membership an increasingly challenging one, says Büşra Kılıç in an article she penned for the geopolitics website.

The European Commission in Brussels gave its worst progress report to date on long-time EU hopeful Turkey earlier this year, taking Turkey’s relations with the bloc on another collision course.

The Lisbon Treaty has caused the bloc to look at potential members wih with an alien’s eye, Kılıç says, arguing that Turkey or any other country that wants closer relations with the EU has to follow a very delicate path.

‘’If Turkey becomes a member of the EU, it will suddenly find itself one of the key states in the European Parliament which would hardly be acceptable to other member states. On the other hand, Turkey is Middle Eastern as much as it is European. As seen in the Brexit campaign, European public do not want a Middle Eastern neighbor,’’ the author says.

While pointing out that Turkey favors westernization, status quo and pacifism in its foreign policy, the article states that after 30 years of waiting, accession to the EU is no longer a priority for the current Turkish government.  

Meanwhile, ‘’after the Global Financial and Eurozone crises, skeptics have started to speak loudly in EU. European identity project suffered traumas after the economic recessions,’’ Kılıç says, noting that the year 2016 was the tipping point of debates which ended with the BREXIT.  

And what happens if another country wants to leave the EU? The bloc is looking to protect itself first, the article opines.

For the EU, the enlargement process is not a priority at this time and this outlook does not bode well for Turkey.