Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

Against the backdrop of an accession process that has come to a virtual halt, the visa-free travel is the most tangible and visible area that Turkish nationals associate mostly directly with EU membership and seek to reap benefits from.  The visa issue has been at the forefront of Turkey-EU relations and has become highly “politicized” and even “securitized”. It has also assumed a sui generis nature, which falls at odds with EU law, values and the coherence of EU policies.
 
 
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Zeynep Özler
Zeynep Özler
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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