We would like to think a little about Turkey and Europe's common roots. 1 This is an important topic both for Turkey and Europe, and, in a wider sense, for the West and the Near East. The term 'Near East' is of course Eurocentric, meaning the region near to, but East of, Europe. Turkey is somehow situated between these two regions and cannot be said to entirely belong to one or the other. 2 The question of whether Turkey belongs to Europe or not is frequently asked but never satisfactorily answered.