The Turks and ‘Europe’: The Argument from History

@article{Deringil2007TheTA,
  title={The Turks and ‘Europe’: The Argument from History},
  author={Selim Deringil},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  year={2007},
  volume={43},
  pages={709 - 723}
}
On 2 November 2002 Valerie Giscard D'Estaing made his now famous statement to Le Monde about the Turks' historical and cultural unsuitability for membership in the EU; he said it would be 'the end of the Union', as Turkey was 'a country that is close to Europe but not a European country'.' Inadvertently, Giscard D'Estaing did the Europhobes in Turkey and the Turcophobes in Europe a great service. By provoking the 'argument from history', he was merely voicing a feeling that many people in… Expand
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