Deconstructing the EU’s “Standards of Civilisation”: The Case of Turkey

03/12/2019

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, VOLUME 16, NUMBER 64, 2019

Münevver CEBECİ*

ABSTRACT

Arguing that the European Union’s (EU) imposition of its norms and values on Turkey is a continuation of the logic of “European standards of civilisation”, this article offers a second reading of European discourses about Turkey. It regards enlargement conditionality as an apparatus through which the EU constructs its own identity as “ideal” and its others as imperfect. Thus, it attempts to deconstruct the EU’s standards of civilisation through three major lines on which they are built: the authoritative application of standards, unequal treatment and a geopolitical approach – as set by Hartmut Behr in 2007.

Keywords: European Union, Turkey, Standards of Civilisation, Foreign Policy, Deconstruction

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* Prof. Dr., Institute of European Studies, Marmara University