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In Turkey there is currently a lack of trust and an increasing feeling of ambiguity and insecurity about the future of Turkey-EU relations. However, this article argues, EU-full membership should be the main axis of Turkish foreign policy. With Turkey-EU relations as the main axis, Turkey can play the roles expected of it most realistically and successfully – such as offering an alternative to the clash of civilization thesis. And most importantly the EU anchor will enable Turkey to consolidate its democracy and democratize its modernity, which, in fact, constitute a determining benchmark to make proactive foreign policy sustainable.

 

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E. Fuat Keyman
E. Fuat Keyman
Senem Aydın-Düzgit
Senem Aydın-Düzgit

Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit is an Associate Professor at Sabancı University and the Research and Academic affairs Coordinator at the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC). This is a republished version of the original article: Senem Aydın-Düzgit, “Legitimizing Europe in Contested Settings: Europe as a Normative Power in Turkey?” JSMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 56, No. 3 (October 2017), pp. 612-627. © 2017 University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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