International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Turkey and the European Union
Dr. Ghazi Ismail Rababa’a

This study aimed at shedding light on Turkey’s attempts and its wish to join the European Union, and explain the stands of the supporting and the opposing states, in addition to explaining the motives and different causes that push Turkey towards political, historical, economic and security Europe, and seek to pin- point the effect of the Islamic and historic heritage and the connected fears of jointing Turkey to the European Union. The problematic conceals in Turkey as a liberal Islamic country directed in the outlook to the West as an ideal in accordance with Kamal Ata Tork’s wish, it is a strategic ally of the West a long time ago, and a member of the NATO alliance, in additions to numerous of the international European organizations, and signing an numerous of the international Treaties one of which is the Treaty of the customs Union with the Union. And it did plenty of political and legal reformations to fulfill the conditions of joining the European Union . In spite of that all the Turkish attempts did not lead to its joining this Union until now.

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