The Impact of EU-based Populism on Turkey-EU Relations

The May 2019 EP elections once again highlighted the current cultural backlash throughout Europe against progressive values such as cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism, which impacts on the 'future of Europe' debate, raising important questions for the evolution of Turkey-EU relations. Even though Turkey is no longer a hot topic in EU political parlance and public opinion, opposition to Turkish EU membership continues in the form of nativism, particularly with reference to the issues of immigration and Islam, as the cases of AfD in Germany and UKIP in Britain show.


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B. Z. Alpan, “The Impact of EU-based Populism on Turkey-EU Relations,” INTERNATIONAL SPECTATOR, pp. 17–31, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: