Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

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 Bongiovanni
Francesco Bongiovanni
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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