Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

The European Council took an historical decision on 17 December 2004 to openaccession talks with Turkey on 3 October 2005. This article is an evaluation of themajor developments in Turkey-EU relations between these two significant dates.The author focuses on the debate about Turkey in the EU and the debate about the EU in Turkey separately to understand the general trends for both parties. The Referenda on the European Constitution in France and the Netherlands and federalelections in Germany are pointed out as main arenas where discussions about Turkey are heightened in Europe, while rising Euroskepticism is placed at thecenter of the EU discussion in Turkey...Please click here to read the text in full.

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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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