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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 This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...
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