Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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Special EU newsletter
Little more than one year has passed since the EU Council of Ministers decided in October 2005 to open negotiations with Turkey concerning its long time aspiration to join the EU. Yet today Turkey’s accession seems further away than ever with metaphors concerning ‘train crashes’ and ‘climate change’ seemingly peppering every mention of the subject. What has gone so disastrously wrong to cause this?
In addition to Turkey’s continuing refusal to honour its legally binding commitments for EU accession regarding Cyprus, there are further reasons why it is not suitable to become a member of the EU. Critical cornerstones of the EUs democratic values continue to be violated in Turkey, as listed below: