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Prospects for full membership: A commentary

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As summed up in Casanova (2006), the central question at this time is &t;whether European identity, and therefore its external and internal boundaries, should be defined by the common heritage of Christianity and Western civilization or by its modern secular values of liberalism&t;. A decision on this issue clearly has important implications for those who aspire to join the Union. According to Keyder, Europe, proceeding along the first path, preoccupied with &t;greater unification and deepening around a core of shared heritage and history, with an implicit Christian consciousness,&t; would offer no hope for those countries that are excluded. Along the second path, on the other hand, &t;Europe could be composed of a cool, dispassionate, carefully assessed membership, the result of deliberation and choice, based on interest and calculation. In closing, it should be stressed that Turkey has made a phenomenal transition from an emerging economy to a maturing economy.

Keywords: Casanova; Europe; Keyder; membership; Turkey



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