a source of frustration for Turkish national identity in a long and strained history. Turkey, who has long been trying to be a member of Europe,1 regarded ï²ï°ï°ï² as an especially critical year in its relations with the European Union (EU). Hoping to be given a date for âânegotiationsââ for full membership at the end of the year, the Turkish government concentrated its eï¬ort to initiate legislative reforms concerning human rights. Although the political target of full membership to Europe found support in most segments of the society, the enthusiasm was nevertheless shadowed by a doubt whether Europe or ââthe Westââ would at last accept Turkeyâs selfconsciously crafted Western identity. It turned out that the anxiety was not without reason. In December ï²ï°ï°ï², the EU leadersâ meeting came The South Atlantic Quarterly ï±ï°ï²:ï²/ï³, Spring/Summer ï²ï°ï°ï³. Copyright Â© ï²ï°ï°ï³ by Duke University Press. Meltem AhÄ±ska to the conclusion that ââif the European Council in December ï²ï°ï°ï´, on the basis of a report and a recommendation from the Commission, decides that Turkey fulï¬lls the Copenhagen political criteria, the European Union will open accession negotiations with Turkey without delay.ââ 2 The ambiguity of the ââif ââ condition is causing further debates
South Atlantic Quarterly – Duke University Press
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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