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As a consequence of the conditions the country has been in, the Turkish youth is not only frustrated with their life, but also feeling hopeless about the future. They are unwilling to change their lives, but are expecting some external factor to change their lives for them. The Turkish youth has low levels of participation, generalized trust, tolerance and individualism – all which indicate a low level of social capital. On the other hand the European Union accession process has led to an increase in youth activities and youth NGOs, creating new opportunities of participation and collaboration for the young people. The young people taking part in these activities will be the future leaders of Turkey...Please click here to read the text in full.

 

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Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı
Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı

Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı is the director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Ankara office.

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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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