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For many years North Africa and the center East were parts of overlapping identities and integration approaches. The international locations of North Africa, except Morocco, have supported the re-launch of pan-Africanism within the type of the African Union and its becoming institutionalisation. however the international locations of North Africa percentage additionally an Arab identification and are individuals of the Arab League. Islamism instructions broad help one of the inhabitants at huge. In Turkey, a average Islamist get together is even in govt. however the international locations within the area have additionally skilled a becoming influence of eu integration in a number of types. at times (e.g. Morocco or Tunisia) the cooperation is particularly shut. Turkey has even been known as a candidate kingdom, its govt works actively to make the rustic meet the ecu club criteria.This finished quantity asks the query to what volume those a variety of identities and integration techniques fit, or no matter if and to what volume they're in clash. It unites contributions from a variety of nations which discover those difficulties from various views.

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E ven Islamist parties can be better conceived of as social movements rather than parties in the E uropean or A merican tradition (Wiktorowicz 2004). T he number of genuinely independent civil society actors has been vastly increasing since the early and mid1990s in most MENA countries. A s regards Morocco for instance, H owe (2005, 160) argues that “the explosion of volunteer organizations around the country is one of the most important transformations that has occurred in Moroccan society in recent years”.

T he whole E U construction had to be in concordance with the principles of democratic legitimacy and rule by law. In this context democracy and rule by law are seen essentially as a question of rules, in the tradition of Max Weber: F reely elected representative bodies make the laws and can transfer sovereignty to a supranational level, whose institutions again have democratic legitimacy, either directly, such as the E uropean Parliament, or indirectly because democratically elected national governments have appointed them.

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. H owever, all in all, the area of common E U foreign policy has been expanding, stronger institutions and decision-making procedures have evolved, and capabilities have been growing.

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