By James Ker-Lindsay
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Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, Statement at the Cyprus House of Representatives, 25 October 2001. 2. European Parliament, Resolution on Cyprus's membership application to the European Union and the state of negotiations, 5 September 2001. 3. Ibid. 4. From a European perspective it is remarkable that for nearly all countries in the EU periphery the sole and exclusive goal of all reorientation efforts was full EU membership. Any link to the EU below this status was undesirable and would have been interpreted as a failure or rejection.
The dramatic change in the position had one simple reason: Athens had openly threatened to impede the fourth enlargement round (so-called ‘EFTA-Enlargement’) by a veto. 12 It was this blatant threat of blocking the accession of Austria, Finland and Sweden that caused the other Member States to omit an explicit statement of the conflictual conditionality. Barely one year later, on 6 March 1995, the General Affairs Council decided to open Cyprus’s accession negotiations within 6 months after the planned Intergovernmental Conference (IGC).
Cyprus to be included in next EU enlargement’, Cyprus News Agency, 22 November 1996. 18. Heinz Jürgen Axt, ‘Cyprus and the EU, Avoiding Wishful Thinking and Designing German Foreign Policy’, in Susanne Baier-Allen (editor), Looking into the Future of Cyprus-EU Relations (Baden-Baden: Nomos 1999), p. 215. 19. Charles Bremner and Michael Binyon, ‘Turkish dilemma exposes EU rift’, The Times, 13 March 1998. 20. Quoted in Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, ‘Streit um Aufnahmeverhandlungen mit Zypern entschärft’ [Controversy over accession negotiations with Cyprus eased], Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16 March 1998.
An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus by James Ker-Lindsay