Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

The European Union is a movement for all of Europe, even if not all European countries plan to join it. Europeanicity is one of the main criteria for joining and something one might call the “European spirit” has been its driving force for several generations. So what is really meant when we talk about Europe is not simply a geographical area, nor even,  a cultural entity where countries share cultural values, but about an active living Europe which is a forum for constant interplay between its members. It is for this very reason that we cannot see Europe simply in terms of Christian tradition...Please click here to read the text in full.

 

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Özdem Sanberk
Özdem Sanberk
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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