How desirable is EU membership for Turkey and how desirable is it for the EU? This volume is a comprehensive, challenging and thought provoking analysis of the difficult encounter between Turkey and the European Union now and in the years to come. With its multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach and balanced international team of scholars, it provides a state of art contribution to the present context as well as the future. Both the questions and answers about this difficult encounter are in constant flux and the volume goes deep into the heart of it. It is a major source for readers who wish to go beyond conventional wisdom and have an eye-opening experience about this highly dynamic and difficult encounter.