“Turkey is not in Europe”. If you have ever found yourself in a discussion on the future of the EU enlargement and the Turkish case, I bet you have heard this over and over again. I did hear this a lot from the Turko-skeptics and every time I ask them the simplest yet most complicated question: which Europe are we talking about?
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Iran and Turkey are getting closer than ever and enjoying a unique growth in trade and energy cooperation. Nationals of the two countries are enjoying visa free travel and there are plans to use Turkish/Iranian currencies for trade instead of US dollars. Does this mean an ideological convergence of the two? Are they becoming the same despite their sharp religious (Sunni vs. Shi’a) and political (secular vs. Islamic) differences?
Are Turks and “Europeans” virtually disconnected from each other politically, economically and socially? Claiming a disconnection is a popular phenomena shared by many of the critics of Turkish membership to the EU. It is fascinating that the myth of disconnection is still around even though there is no historical or contemporary evidence to support it.
A country with a 70+ million mostly Muslim population is at the doorsteps of the EU: the Turks! What do we know about them and how much of what we know actually reflects reality? It is not time to talk about who they are but about who they are not. Let’s analyze some of the European myths about “the other” starting with the “Trojan Horse” analogy.