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For many years North Africa and the center East were components of overlapping identities and integration procedures. The international locations of North Africa, except Morocco, have supported the re-launch of pan-Africanism within the kind of the African Union and its transforming into institutionalisation. however the nations of North Africa proportion additionally an Arab identification and are participants of the Arab League. Islamism instructions large aid one of the inhabitants at huge. In Turkey, a average Islamist social gathering is even in executive. however the nations within the area have additionally skilled a transforming into influence of eu integration in quite a few kinds. from time to time (e.g. Morocco or Tunisia) the cooperation is especially shut. Turkey has even been known as a candidate state, its executive works actively to make the rustic meet the ecu club criteria.This complete quantity asks the query to what quantity those quite a few identities and integration procedures have compatibility, or no matter if and to what quantity they're in clash. It unites contributions from numerous nations which discover those difficulties from diversified views.

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In contrast to previous times, there is today a basic consensus as regards some principles such as democratic procedures, rule by law or human rights. It is exactly this system of rules which allows actors of divergent backgrounds to cooperate. O nce these comparatively few principles are respected, integration and cooperation have become possible in spite of many cultural differences. A lso some Muslim countries have moved in this direction, T urkey did so the most. Modernization theory has predicted such moves.

T he E uropean Union gradually expanded along the shores of the Mediterranean Basin. F rance and Italy belonged to the group of six who in 1951 signed the T reaty of Paris and established the E uropean Coal and S teel Community (E CS C). T he same group founded the E uropean E conomic Communities (T reaty of R ome, 1957). Greece joined in 1981; Portugal and S pain did so in 1986. T hereby important markets for the countries of the other side of the Mediterranean became regulated by the E U. F urthermore, the new countries, S pain in particular, endeavored to  T he case with the A U is slightly ironic, because in 2002 all A frican countries were accepted as members, they being dictatorships or not.

T his meant a substantial down-grading if compared with S arkozy’s original rhetoric. A t the time of writing (May 2008) the character of the intended MU is still unclear. It seems it will be nothing but a regular summit where the heads of state and governments, plus working groups at lower levels – something which the Barcelona process has been already providing for. A t times some E U countries actually worked against each other, the most drastic example being the US -led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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