TITLE

Turkey's Tug of War

AUTHOR(S)
Patton, Marcie J.
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Middle East Report;Summer2006, Issue 239, p42
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses Turkey's ambition to have full integration into the European Union (EU). Such aspiration means a full adoption of the democratic reforms that empower a society vis-à-vis the traditional strong state. According to the membership conditions of the EU, Turkey must display great tolerance for freedom of expression and speech, should respect minority rights and should establish a more accountable and transparent mode of governance. Its European aspiration pulls it in one direction while the post September 11 global war on terror pulls the country in another direction, hence becoming a tug of war for Turkey. It has intensified further when the government to opened accession talks with EU. Also discussed are the details of the issue.
ACCESSION #
27429878

 

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