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This year, Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union. One of most recently discussed issues is the integration of Turkey into the EU. Is it in Europe’s interest to accept Turkey into the union? Is it in Turkey’s interest too? What are the main issues concerning this integration? How can one analyze these topics, and what points of views exist on these issues? After a quick introduction of the two sides, the main issues related to this topic will be discussed and analyzed. As, Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: "There are as many opinions as there are experts." The writers do not pretend to be experts, but just want to underline the fact that every topic can be presented from a different point of view, and that is what was done in this project. Every topic can be understood as both an opportunity and a threat. Turkey: the facts 1) Population Turkey, or the Republic of Turkey by its official name, is a democratic country of 780,576 km² (the size of France and the UK combined) of which only 23,378 km² (3%) is actually inside Europe. It stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in southwest Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. This developed country member of the G20 has its capital city in Ankara, but nevertheless Istanbul remains the economic center and biggest city in Turkey. Because of its particular location astride two continents, Turkey is often qualified as a Eurasian country or transcontinental country as its territory is divided in to the western part (Thrace oriental) and the eastern part (Anatolia). As a matter of fact, geographically speaking, Turkey signals the end of Europe and the beginning of Asia. Amongst its advantages, Turkey has an extremely young and dynamic population: 25% of the Turkish are under 15. It shares a common heritage with Europe, as one should not forget the city was once Byzance, and Constantinople. This might explain part of the unique and diverse Turkish culture that has blended elements from the western and Eastern traditions (“carrefour des civilizations”). Turkey is composed of minorities from various countries in the area, from Kurds to Kazakhs, as well Armenians. These tensions between minorities have created instability for the country. Islam is the main religion inside Turkey: 98% of Turkish people are 1
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Muslim but there is still room for the minorities of Christians, Sepharades, Jews and atheists. Turkey benefits from a very young, well trained, highly qualified population. Its size is around 72.9M and in 2015 experts estimate it to grow to 82.6 M; higher than any other E.U members. The number of Turkish migrants living in the countries of the European Union today is estimated at 3.8 million with the majority 2.6 million in Germany and substantial groups in France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Belgium. 2) Economy
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