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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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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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