Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 3, No. 3 (Fall 2004)
"Turkey's European Odyssey: A Political Perspective"

Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer

"Turkey's EU compatibility is put to the test in Diyarbakir and Erzurum, not in İzmir and Istanbul. The Turkey which one day accedes will certainly be a different country than it is today. It is in the midst of radical political, social and economic change and needs to continue along this path."

TPQ-article: "Turkey’s European Perspective: The German View"

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

"Europe must be able to embrace and, to a certain extent, unify all the various territories and cultures which are at the foundation of the European civilization. Europe's capacity to conduct dialogue with China, India and America depends on the extent to which it can be a union of all territories from the icebergs of the Arctic north to the sand dunes of the Sahara, with the Mediterranean in their midst. The challenge is indeed to make the Mediterranean an 'internal' European sea."

TPQ-article: "What Borders For Europe?"

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Kemal Derviş

Kemal Derviş

"The 'Turkey in the EU' debate is in fact a part of a much broader debate about the future of Europe itself, and we should all engage in this debate. The European project must again mobilize a greater amount of emotional dynamism; it must generate renewed enthusiasm, particularly among the new generation. Such enthusiasm needs a long-term vision, a 'European ideology' appropriate to the new century."

TPQ-article: "Visions Of Europe"

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Ingmar Karlsson

Ingmar Karlsson

"Turkey has faced three geostrategic choices since the early 1990s: affirmation of its European identity, rapprochement with the Arab and Muslim world, and integration with the Turkic-speaking peoples of Central Asia. There is no doubt that modern Turkey has chosen the first of these three options and that the country’s political and economic elite are playing the European card. If this fails because the EU defers its decision or refuses to admit Turkey to the Union, both of the other options will by default become more attractive."

TPQ-article: "Turkey's Cultural And Religious Heritage - An Asset To The European Union"

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Refik Erzan

Refik Erzan & Kemal Kirisci

"More serious studies predict a flow of migrants from Turkey to the EU of between 1.3 to 2.7 million until 2030. A key input in any such prediction is the long-temr growth scenario in the EU and more particularly in Turkey. Currently Turkey's purchasing power in adjusted GNP per capita is about 30 percent of that in the EU 15. A key question in making predictions is how that is going to evolve in the coming 10-20 years."

TPQ-article: "Turkish Immigration, Their Integration In The EU And Immigration Into Turkey"

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Emre Özdemir

Emre Özdemir

"70 percent of participants support EU membership while only 16 percent are against it. 14 percent are confused or undecided. 92.5 percent of participants feel that they are informed or little informed about the matter. Most receive their information from watching television. More than half of the participants have never me an EU citizen and those who have arguably had difficulties communicating due to the language barrier."

TPQ-article: "The EU In The Eyes Of Turkish Youth"

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Stanley Crossick

Stanley Crossick

"There are two aspects of the Turkish social environment which need adressing. First, gender equality. In the southern and eastern regions, a substantial proportion of girls do not go to school. Perhaps less than half of Turkish women work, compared with the EU. Other forms of sexual inequality exist, including 'honor killings,' forced marriages and dress restrictions. In the employment field, there is no 'social dialogue' and employer-employee relations are more akin in nature to Turkey's geographical location, which is mostly outside of Europe."

TPQ-article: "Turkey: Bridge Or Bridgehead?"

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Can Buharali

"The Turkish public has for a long time felt that the European countries were supporting seperatist activities in Turkey and that they had a hidden agenda in that regard. A recent study conducted by Dr. Hakan Yilmaz gives us hints on the views of the Turkish public opinion on this issue: When asked whether European countries helped the development of seperatist groups like the PKK in Turkey, 66.1 percent answered in the affirmative. Those who felt the EU played no part was only 21.4 percent. Asked whether human rights reforms in Turkey are meant to divide the country, affirmative answers drom to 35.8 percent, while the dissenting percentage increases to 39.8 percent."

TPQ-article: "Turkey's Foreign Policy Towards EU Membership: A Security Perspective"

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Angelo Santagostino

Angelo Santagostino

"In comparison with other European countries, the performance of Turkey in terms of the development of EU study programs is outstanding. European studies (in the form of undergraduate programs, MAs, PhDs, research centers, European documentation centers and autonomous institutes) are present in 29 institutions of higher education out of a total of 76. One third of Turkish universities are thus involved, although to different extents, with European studies. Of these 29 universities, 18 are located in Istanbul or Ankara."

TPQ-article: "European Studies In Turkey: Present State And Proposals For The Future"

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