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Insight Turkey > Issues | Fault Lines in the European Union: Brexit, Populism and Divergencies - Summer 2018 / Volume 20, Number 3

Fault Lines in the European Union: Brexit, Populism and Divergencies



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Summer 2018
The European Union is a success story. It brought enemy countries together, combined their powers, fostered economic and social development, successfully competed with the American market and also resisted against the Soviet expansionism. As the most developed supranational international organization in modern history, the EU maintained Europe at the center of world politics. With the end of the Cold War, the member states attempted to transform the organization from an economic institution into a political and military structure having the ultimate goal to create a federal state-like institution. However, after unexpected changes in the global system and the emergence of new political actors, the EU began to experience many difficulties.


Commentaries


Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey: The June 24 Elections
On June 24, 2018, with a participation rate of more than 85 percent, Turkey elected its President...

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Donald Trump
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The European Union and the Mainstreaming of the Radical Right
Radical right wing parties have been increasingly effective in challenging and eroding this...

Turkey-EU Customs Union: Its Modernization and Potential for Turkey-EU Relations
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Virtual Neighbors: Russia and the EU in Cyberspace
The last decade has witnessed the consolidation of the European Union as a cybersecurity actor....

Germany and the European Union: Post-Brexit Hegemon
In late-March 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. Will Brexit lead...


Articles


Toward a “Privileged Partnership”: The EU, Turkey and the Upgrade of the Customs Union
Over the past few years, Turkey’s EU membership prospects have further deteriorated amid...

How Do Muslims Respond to Far Right Political Mobilization in Their European State?
This paper evaluates qualitative and quantitative evidence of Muslims’ European identification in...

Re-narrating Europe in the Face of Populism: An Analysis of the Anti-immigration Discourse of Populist Party Leaders
Populist discourse is gaining more and more ground in Europe. As evidenced by the growing success...

The Secular Foreign Fighters of the West in Syria
The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operates under the names of the Democratic Union Party and the...

Missile Defense in Europe: Against Whom?
ABSTRACT This article debates the evolution, main purpose and real target of the missile defense...

The European Union Dilemma of the Kurds: High Support for Membership despite Lack of Sufficient Trust
How people in member and candidate states are oriented toward the European Union –meaning, how...

Imposing Particular Identities: The Balkans as a Meeting Place of Ethnicities and Religions
Since Balkan ethnicities are primarily organized along locally-practiced religious lines,...


Review Article


Islam in the Balkans: Globalization, Europeanization, Localization
The study of European Islam is now experiencing an unprecedented revival. While most of its attention is dedicated to Islam as a minority in ‘Christian’ Europe, countries such as Bosnia and Albania have not lost their importance in Westerner’s eyes, much of it due to the region’s political upheavals, fueled by the ever-lurking danger of terrorism, both in the Balkans and by people of the Balkans abroad. Three of the four books reviewed here discuss Southeastern Europe, and the fourth one is a collection of papers covering the entire spectrum of European Islam.


Book Reviews


The Rise of a New Superpower: Turkey’s Key Role in the World Economy and Energy Market
During the radical economic transformation taking place over the last decades, which is...

Neslishah: The Last Ottoman Princess
Throughout the history of the Turkish Republic, Republican historians regarded the abolition of...

America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror
America in the World is an impressive collection of documents related to United States foreign...

Work: The Last 1,000 Years
The rather pristine title of this book suggests a study on topics like the shift from...

Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives
The sophisticated terror attacks that followed 9/11, the Madrid train station bombing in 2004,...

Gaza: A History
Gaza, the world’s largest open air prison, could be viewed broadly through the lenses of history,...

The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean
The European political landscape has been changing gradually from left to right wing since the...

Solidarity in the European Union
This volume originates from a conference on ‘Solidarity and its Crisis in the European Union’...

Turkey and the West: Fault Lines in a Troubled Alliance
Turkish-American relations are currently witnessing their deepest crisis. Even in 1975 when the...

The Nationalities of Europe: The Growth of National Ideologies
In The Nationalities of Europe, first published in 1945, Munro Chadwick investigates the issue of...