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This essay is a discussion of the involvement of Turkish civil society in the integration process of Turkey to the European Union (EU) and its domestic and international dimensions. The author argues that civil society in Turkey emerged as an important and active player in the integration process. Such an active civil society is a positive indicator for the development of democracy in the country. Moreover, this involvement is critical to enhancing dialogue between Turkey and Europe on a societal level. The author further points out that integration into the EU goes beyond economic or political factors and that this is also about the integration of societies.

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Demir Murat Seyrek
Demir Murat Seyrek
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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