Imagining Europe: European Identity and Turkish Accession Process

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We have experienced a growing interest in how and why the European identity is constructed. The most tangible results of the efforts to produce some kind of common identity for all EU Member States are the symbols of European unity such as the flag, the anthem, the common currency, the .eu domain or the European passport. Most of the research evaluating the construction and impact of shared identity faces problems with the operationalisation of European identity. The paper proposed shall looks at the example on Turkish accession process and the ongoing debate about Turkey in the EU. It argues that the EU seeks to utilize the debate for strengthening the notion of European identity. The choice of Turkey was deliberate as it it is a controversial topic in many Member States and among them. Some consider Turkish membership as a test to European identity and/or an issue that can help to define/foster the content of European identity. As such, the question is problematic and consensus cannot be expected to appear easily, which in turns makes it into a topic where the EU has to show a sophisticated level of communication abilities. In turn, Turkey itself is undergoing significant changes in perceiving its new and changing identity in the post-Cold war era, where the relations with the European Union play a crucial role.

Keywords: European Identity, Turkey, Accession
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Imagining Europe

Dr. Lucie Tunkrova

Assistant Professor, English lLanguage and Literature, Fatih University
Istanbul, Turkey

Mgr.Lucie Tunkrová, PhD., M.A. Born 1977, graduate of Miami University, Ohio, USA (international relations) and Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic (politics and European studies), PhD obtained in political science from Palacky University in December 2006. She is an assistant profesor at Fatih University, Istanbul, and Palacky University, Olomouc. Her field of specialisation is European integration with special focus on enlargement and theories of the EU’s decision making processes. Her other areas of interest are Nordic countries and the process of europeanisation in Turkey. She is a member of a research team working on a 5-year grant titled Czech National Interests in the European Union and she a member of a working group preparing an analysis on the Czech adoption of the euro for the Czech Ministry of Finance.

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