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Why Turkish Accession Depends on Mediation of the Cyprus Dispute
By Neil Renic
September 9, 2012
Thucydides, a forefather of political realism, claimed that ‘among neighbours, antagonism is ever a condition of independence’ (cited in Waltz 1959: 210). For much of European history this had seemed an inescapable truism, having reached its logical conclusion in the Second World War, the most destructive conflict in human history. What emerged from this violence, however, was a level of cooperative European integration hitherto unimagined.