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A 'European Identity'for Turkey? Theoretical Approaches, Historical Background and Current Challenges

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    A ‘European Identity’ for Turkey?Theoretical Approaches,Historical Background and Current Challenges Elena Lazarou *The   views   expressed    in   this   commentary    are   those   of    the   authors,   and    do   not    necessarily    reflect    those   of    EKEM.      Copyright © 2010 by the Hellenic Centre for European Studies.All rights reserved.April 2010ISBN: 978-960-7849-30-4©Hellenic Centre for European Studies4 Xenofontos Str, 105 57 Athens, Greecetel: +30 210 3215549, fax: +30 210 3215096e-mail:info@ekem.gr website:www.ekem.gr This report may not be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form as per theprovisions of Law 2121/1993 and the Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, without express written permission from the HellenicCentre for European Studies. For more information, please write to EKEM,Xenofontos 4, 105 57   Athens,   Greece.      About   EKEM   The   Hellenic   Centre   for   European   Studies   (EKEM)   was   founded   in   1988   as   an   independent   research   centre,   under   the   institutional   supervision   of    the   Greek   Ministry   for   Foreign   Affairs.   Its   main   objective   is   the   study,   research   and   debate   of    European   and   International   affairs.   EKEM   operates   as   a   channel   of    communication   between   government,   the   academic   community   and   the   private   sector,   in   an   effort   to   contribute   to   the   formulation   and   implementation   of    a   comprehensive   and   cohesive   European   policy.   It   is   a   research   Institute   and   a   forum   for   dialogue   on   matters   of    European   integration,   as   well   as   a   liaison   between   Greece   and   other   European   countries.   The   autonomous   intervention   of    EKEM   in   public   debate   and   its   effective   contribution   to   policy   formulation   as   well   as   the   promotion   of    public   awareness   of    European   issues   are   based   on   the   principles   of    independence   and   pluralism.      About the Author Elena Lazarou is Head Researcher for the Euro-Mediterranean ObservatoryProgram of the Hellenic Center for European Studies (EKEM) and PostdoctoralResearch Associate at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. She received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2008. Previously she has been a Visiting Fellow at the HellenicObservatory, London School of Economics, and a Research Associate of theCentre for International Policy Research, University of Sheffield. Her interestsinclude European Integration, EU Foreign Policy, Regionalism, Multilateralism,South-East Europe, the Mediterranean and South America.  A   ‘European   Identity’   for   Turkey?    __________________________________Elena   Lazarou___   A ‘European Identity’ for Turkey?Theoretical Approaches,Historical Background and Current Challenges Contents Introduction 6  Essentialism vs. Constructivism on European IdentityThe essentialist case for Turkey’s European Identity 12  Flaws in the Essentialist Argument 20  Conclusion: The Constructivist Contribution 28  Endnotes 30  References 31 Notes for Contributors 34   5
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