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Les Eglises chrétiennes face à l’adhésion de la Turquie à l’Union européenne

Abstract : The opening of accession negotiations with Turkey has provoked an intense debate in Europe unlike any other candidate country’s membership process. The questioning is not only about Turkey’s capacity to fulfil formal political and economic conditions set down by the European Union, but also due to the combined effects of Turkey’s history, geography and the religious and cultural characteristics of its population. Although the EU is a secular political institution and religion does not play any role in the EU membership, it takes on an important dimension when it comes to imagine the accession of Turkey. The implications of political, social or economic actors with regard to Turkey’s EU bid have been extensively studied. However, despite their great interest in the Turkish question, Christian Churches in Europe did not draw much attention from researchers. This thesis focuses on the position and the role of the main European Christian Churches in the framework of accession negotiations with Turkey: In a highly secularized Europe, what kind of stance or role could the Churches assume in regards to Turkey’s EU bid and how do they engage in this political process? Around this question, this research also aims to analyze the dynamics of the presence and the participation of religions to modern secular political life at the European Union level. This study is mainly based on the interviews conducted with representatives of Church’s European organizations in Brussels, as well as Church documents, reports, public statements and media interventions. The research uses the interest groups’ conceptual framework to explain the Churches’ action in political sphere.
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Ali Ihsan Aydin. Les Eglises chrétiennes face à l’adhésion de la Turquie à l’Union européenne. Science politique. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014IEPP0007⟩. ⟨tel-03637480⟩



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