A wide range of scholars at the İstanbul Seminars 2010 at İstanbul Bilgi University are considering the issue of Islam in Europe, including one of the most
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) chats with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu before their meeting at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul May 21, 2010. Ban said on Friday he hoped Iran’s deal to send some of its enriched uranium abroad may open the door to a negotiated settlement in a row with the West over its nuclear programme.? Read more REUTERS/Murad Sezer
from Financial Times
From Le Monde. Typical French arrogance.
?Knowing the Other is Knowing Yourself: Understanding European Identity Through Turkey?s Accession to the EU?
By Agnes I. Schneeberger, PhD student, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds.
Grounded in empirical qualitative data from a cross-national comparison of Austrian and British focus group discussions, this study investigates the boundaries evoked by Turkey?s accession to the EU in citizen discourses and what they reveal about the status and definition of a European identity. While previous research has mainly focused on defining European identities through identification, this study employs the principle of différance. Drawing on identity theories this study suggests that a contrasting Other emerges as a main and general constituting feature in all identity formation processes. While the Eastern Other has played a major role in shaping European unity in the past, Turkey is seen to continue to embody a significant Other in the construction of European identities today.
Sedat Laciner, USAK President
The main axis of a normal state is itself and its neighborhood. And a country that cannot stand on its own feet is not able to determine an axis in its foreign policy, because a line does not exist without a starting point.