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There are many economic, geopolitical and diplomatic issues at stake related to Turkey-EU relations and Turkey’s potential accession to the EU. Both sides have significant mutual economic interests. Additionally, Turkey is crucial for Europe's security, and can also play a constructive role in the stabilization and democratization process of the Arab Spring countries. Several opponents of Turkey’s accession claim that Turkey will undermine the very core of the EU identity, which is based on Christianity. This article argues, however, that the true foundations and identity of the EU are based on the principles of democracy, equality, and respect for human dignity and human rights. According to this interpretation, Turkey’s accession is not only feasible but also desirable. Turkey can bridge Christianity and Islam, and contribute to Europe’s goals. But a peaceful solution to the Cyprus issue is needed and Turkey must ensure that the non-Muslim minorities can practice their religion peacefully and securely and increase its efforts and cooperation with the EU in order to address the flux of illegal immigrants that pass from its territory to Europe.
 
 
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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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