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Turkey-Eu Relations: The Impact Of Islam On Europe

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The European Union (EU) project has recently attracted the support of a large portion of the Turkish public. Analysing the contemporary transformation of Turkey-EU relations as well as the impact of Islam on Europe, this chapter reveals that the paradigms of 'clash of civilisations' and 'alliance of civilisations' are actually not different from each other in that they are both based on a religious world view. Relying on recent political changes in Turkey and EU countries, it proposes that Turkish membership has the potential to turn the culturally and geographically defined EU into a politically defined post-national, post-civilisationalist vision and post-Western Union. With the Justice and Development Party (AKP) becoming outspokenly Eurosceptic, all the political parties in the country competed in both Euroscepticism and nationalism.

Keywords: Europe; Euroscepticism; Islam; Justice and Development Party (AKP); nationalism; Turkey-EU relations



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