Can the European Union transform Greek-Turkish relations? The contributors to In the Long shadow of Europe examine the ambiguities of Europe’s historical role in its Southeastern corner to shed light on the possible paths lying ahead. From their various an-gles, they highlight the paradoxes of a relationship between intimate adversaries, marred by tormented histories, nationalist narratives and bilateral disputes but strengthened by historical familiarity, geographic vicinity, and the imperative for cooperation. And beyond this face à face, the authors show how, as Greece and Turkey developed into independent nation-states in the shadow of Europe, their intertwined trajectories also contributed to defining this same Europe “at the edges.” Beyond the Greek - Turkish relationship, this book illustrates the considerable challenges the European Union faces as a mediating power both within and outside its borders.
The long shadow of Europe
Othon Anastasakis, Kalypso Nicolaidis, Kerem Öktem
I. Tormented histories, interwoven identities: National narratives of Self and Others
1. Tormented by history: Greece, Turkey and the territorial imagination
Spyros Sofos and Umut Özkırımlı
2. The Lure of Europe: Reconciling the European Other and Turkish/Greek selves
3. History’s long shadow: The Lausanne treaty and contemporary Greco-Turkish relations
4. Perceptions of conflict: Greeks and Turks in each others’ mirrors
5. Genos versus Devlet: Conceptions of citizenship in Greece and Turkey
II. Conflicts and openings: Greece, Turkey and the European Union
6. Fault Lines or Integration: The EU impact on Greek-Turkish relations
7. Reciprocity as race to the bottom in religious freedom
8. Towards minority policies beyond reciprocity? The EU, Greece and Turkey
9. The Deceiving Shadow of the EU? Cypriot perceptions of the ‘The European Solution’
10. Europeanization and Nationalism in the Turkish – Greek – Aegean disputes
11. EU, Turkey and Greece: The paradoxes of convergence
III. Beyond high politics: Promise and limits of rapprochement
Economic cooperation: Guarantor of détente or hostage to politics?
Rapprochement at the grassroots: How far can civil society engagement go?
Rana Birden and Bahar Rumelili
Transforming Divides: Commerce, culture and sympathy crossing the Greek Turkish border