Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 5, No. 1 (Spring 2006)
"Turkey's European Future: Youth is the Key"

Nigar Göksel

Nigar Göksel
ESI Analyst

From the desk of the editor

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Ján Figel

Ján Figel
Ján Figel is Member of the European Commission in charge or Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism

"A clear majority of young people think they should play a bigger part in the development of the European Union… [Yet] only one third of people aged 18 to 24 voted in the elections for the European Parliament in 2004… Young people seem to express their political involvement through means that differ from the classical approaches of turning out to vote or being a member of a political party…"

TPQ-article: "EU policies towards the young generation"

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Ari Vatanen

Ari Vatanen
Ari Vatanen is member of the European People's Party, and the Foreign Affairs Committee

"Fundamentalists exploit the misery of people and try to push the Muslim world back to the dark ages, à la Iran and Saudi Arabia. Our best allies in reversing these frightening scenarios are moderate Muslims and we have to offer our unwavering support to their aspirations towards democracy. The consequences of the EU accepting Turkey as its member - or that of the EU failing to do so - can determine world stability."

TPQ-article: "A youthful Turkey: An asset or a burden for the EU?"

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Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı

Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı
Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı is Director of the ARI Movement

"Only 4,6 percent of young people in Turkey trust other people in general. The EU average for trust is 40 percent. We believe that a low level of trust can be useful in explaning why financial markets can not gain depth, why people don't deposit their money in banks, why membership to NGOs and political parties is low, and why family owned companies are preferred to larger partnerships."

TPQ-article: "Young leaders rising out of the generation of cynics"

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Alexander Macleod

Alexander Macleod
Alexander Macleod is editor at Generation Europe - an online platform where young people give feedback to corporate leaders and EU policy-makers on important political, current affairs & cultural issues

"The Erasmus, Leonardo and Socrates programs of the EU, as well as greater labor, currency and travel mobility, have nurtured a generation (in most countries) that 'feels' a sense of 'Europeanness' in tandem with, if not greater than, a national identity. Whether cyber- chatting to Greeks about pending holidays, choosing Italian over French cuisine, or debating the merits of Sweden's welfare system, in this pick-and-mix culture, young Europeans take the best to meet their everyday needs."

TPQ-article: "Today's youth, tomorrow's politicians: Why Europe can't afford to ignore the role of youth"

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Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake
Marietje Schaake is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and works free-lance in the public field designing concepts for political engagement and organizing events

"Immigrants of Turkish descent participate in debates [about the identity of the Dutch society] as well, but seem more reluctant to break away from the various close-knit subcultures they are part of. Their involvement in public debate is more focused on Turkey's bid to the EU… When a new identity is shaped, it will be possible to look towards newcomers and start a reasonable debate about the accession of candidate countries, such as Turkey, to the EU."

TPQ-article: "Soul searching for a new Dutch identity"

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 Stefan Apfl

Stefan Apfl and Mathias Huter
Stefan Apfl is a journalist working for the Vienna-weekly 'Falter', Mathias Huter and he are staff writers of the Austrian monthly 'Datum'. Both are journalism and media management students at the University of Applied Sciences, FHWien, in Vienna

"In the end, it has to do with the Austria's historic inferiority complex: Older people love to see their country being ( what they perceive as) a small David, fighting alone against the overwhelmingly strong Goliath, also known as 'those in Brussels'. Young people are often left irritated and frustrated … "

TPQ-article: "Young Austrians: Confronted by a nation in doubt"

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