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The author discusses two opposing visions within the Union regarding the borders of the  European Union. The first vision makes the case based on a geographical and historical identity for Europe. The second vision, however, looks to the future. He is defending the latter by claiming that the definition of the EU’s borders can neither be based on historical nor geographic and even less on religious factors. As such, Turkey has a rightful place within Europe. Europe can only continue to be a major actor by rejecting a narrow vision which would limit it to its historical core. Furthermore, the author argues that enlargement and deepening are complementary. He sees the former as part of political deepening:  to be able to influence the future of the international system one has to have a critical size...Please click here to read the text in full.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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