Better for Both of Them

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Februar 2013



Should Turkey be a member of the EU? The Europeans are divided on this issue, which touches on the whole question of the Union's identity. Germany is one of the major sceptics. However, CDU foreign policy expert Ruprecht Polenz thinks otherwise. He emphasizes that Turkey deserves to be given full membership. Both sides would benefit from this, always assuming that Ankara fulfils the demanding accession criteria.Membership would send a clear signal both to the Turks who live in the EU (and to other Muslim countries) that the European perception of the rule of law, human rights and democracy is wholly compatible with the tenets of Islam. Europe prefers the idea of partnership to a "clash of civilizations." And in geostrategic terms Turkish membership would clearly be beneficial for the EU.Ruprecht Polenz is critical of the idea that Turkey should be offered a privileged partnership instead of membership, and convincingly refutes the arguments of those who are opposed to Turkish accession.


Ruprecht Polenz is chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag, of which he has been a member since 1994. He serves on the Executive Council of the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia, and on the CDU special committees on foreign and security policy, and media policy. He is a lawyer by profession, and in the field of foreign policy he is interested in the Middle East in general, and in Iran and Turkey in particular. He is also interested in the political dimension of Islam. Polenz has worked in a voluntary capacity for a number of different organizations. Thus he is chairman of the Christian-Muslim Peace Initiative and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation.
EAN: 9783896843807
Untertitel: Turkey Ought to Be in the EU. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: edition Körber-Stiftung
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2013
Seitenanzahl: 110 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Alfred Clayton
Format: epub eBook
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