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The Schuman Declaration of 1950 made one thing clear: “Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single, general plan. It will be built through concrete achievements, which will create first a de facto solidarity.” Since then, the “European Project” has been expanding beyond its initial expectations. Still, Europe lacks a clear sense of identity and its borders have never been defined. When it comes to enlargement, which has been part of the European Project’s goals, no question is more challenging than that of Turkey’s accession to the EU. In this article, the two main points of view regarding Turkey’s accession are examined, and a “third way” is proposed as a more realistic path for Turkey-EU relations.
 
 
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Francesco M. Bongiovanni
Francesco M. Bongiovanni

Francesco M. Bongiovanni is a former investment banker and the author of Europe and the End of the Age of Innocence and of The Decline and Fall of 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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