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dc.contributor.authorMüftüler‐Bac, M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-30T13:15:36Z
dc.date.available2019-01-30T13:15:36Z
dc.date.issued1998en_US
dc.identifier.issn0026-3206
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/48530
dc.description.abstractThe European Union must make some tough decisions in finding an answer to the ever-present question of 'What to do with Turkey?'. The matter was more or less settled by the Luxembourg summit of the European Council held on 12 December 1997, at which the European Council decided to open accession negotiations with all the applicant countries except Turkey. Turkey's relationship with the European Union is more complicated than that of any other European country seeking EU membership. The complications arise from doubts over Turkey's European identity, whether Turkey is European. Since that question can never be directly raised, the EU explains its rejection on political grounds, i.e. Turkey's shortcomings in upholding the principles of democracy, law and human rights. A serious obstacle to Turkey's incorporation into the EU is, of course, its political system, which provides the EU with a valid reason for rejecting Turkey. The EU position is that since Turkey does not satisfy the democratic requirements of membership, its incorporation is not possible. This essay proposes that Turkey's failure to uphold democracy justifies the EU's rejection but at the same time conceals an aspect of the EU's reservations about Turkey: Its perception of Turkey as the Other of Europe.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleMiddle Eastern Studiesen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1080/00263209808701250en_US
dc.titleThe never ‐ ending story: Turkey and the European Unionen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Political Science and Public Administrationen_US
dc.citation.spage240en_US
dc.citation.epage258en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber34en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber4en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00263209808701250en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Group Ltd.en_US
dc.identifier.eissn1743-7881


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