Journal of International and Global Studies


This study achieved a group of objectives including the measuring of the impact of the EU’s decisions on trust-based, nationalism-based, and religion-based Euro-skepticism, as well as Euro-skepticism in general, by conducting content analysis of statements made by some elite members of a peripheral Turkish religious party, the Felicity Party (Saadet Partisi, SP).The hypotheses were tested at two independent events (one on December 17, 2004 and the other on October 03, 2005). The data were collected from the pro-SP Milli Gazete. Each hypothesis was tested by using the two sample z-Test formula. The findings show that the two decisions by the EU did not have any impact on religion-based and trust-based Euro-skepticism. Only the first event had an impact on the nationalism-based Euro-skepticism of the SP. No positive impact was found at the 0.05 level. By the end of the second event, only trust-based Euro-skepticism of the SP showed a decrease at the 0.10 level. The results of this study were associated with social identity theory, with the group’s status as a peripheral party, and the policy requirements of the EU regarding Turkey’s sensitive issues.

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