The EU's Role in the Cyprus Conflict : System Failure or Structural Metamorphosis?

Christalla Yakinthou

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This article explains how the EU became a key player in the Cyprus conflict andexamines how local perceptions of the Union and its usefulness have affected its ability tomanage the conflict. It argues that the EU undermined its own membership conditionality as alever for the country’s reunification through uncoordinated and mismanaged engagement in thepre-accession period. While the post-accession power balance shifted in favour of the GreekCypriot community, neither side has been able to profit substantially from the new conditions.The post-accession status quo has led to widespread disillusionment with the realities of EUmembership and is creating new resentments and antagonisms. EU membership for the Republicof Cyprus has given both protagonists the opportunity to use the Union to continue the disputewithin a new ‘European’ rhetoric.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-323
Issue number3/4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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