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With the December 2004 deadline approaching, the discussion on whether Turkey is European or not is one of the top items on the agenda of the European Union. There are varying responses to the question including the critical one of Valery Giscard d’Estaing stating that if Turkey were to join the European Union, she would become European, and if she were European, the Union would no longer be. There are of course different aspects to the discussion like geography and religion and this article discusses the irrelevance of both stating that being European implies ‘feeling at home abroad’ throughout the rest of the Europe and those who do not ‘feel’ in Europe in Turkey do not do so either in Greece, Portugal or Malta.

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Kalypso Nicolaidis
Kalypso Nicolaidis
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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