A difficult transition to a new relationship: Britain and Cyprus in the European Union

Ker-Lindsay, James (2007) A difficult transition to a new relationship: Britain and Cyprus in the European Union. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 15(2), pp. 185-200. ISSN (print) 1478-2804

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This article examines the relationship between Britain and Cyprus after the latter joined the European Union (EU) on 1 May 2004.It argues that the difficulties that emerged were in part a product of the ill feeling that developed at the time of the April 2004 referendum on a UN peace plan. However, it was also shaped by British attempts to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and ease Turkey’s EU accession process. These tensions were particularly noticeable throughout 2005, when several attempts at rapprochement between London and Nicosia foundered. However, it now appears as if London and Nicosia have adapted to the new relationship. Although areas of tension still exist, it appears as if they will be at a lower level of intensity than was the case in the immediate aftermath of accession.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: European Union, Cyprus, accession
Research Area: Politics and international studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights and Conflicts
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Depositing User: James Ker-Lindsay
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2010 10:53
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/1749

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