Reportage and Archives: Archives: Istanbul on the Threshhold of the EU: Street portrait of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic

A pedestrian passes by one of the many portraits of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk which can be found all over Turkey, from offices and schools, to theatres and museums. Although he died in 1938, Turks still revere the man who led them in their war of independence from 1920 to 1922 and became the founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Turkish nationalism -- along with its growing Islamic conservatism -- concern many Europeans who worry that such attitudes will be at odds with the European Union\'s efforts to create a united body of nations. In Decmeber, 2004, the EU agreed that accession talks for Turkey\'s entry into the union will begin in October 2005 and could last as long as a decade.
Street portrait of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic

A pedestrian passes by one of the many portraits of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk which can be found all over Turkey, from offices and schools, to theatres and museums. Although he died in 1938, Turks still revere the man who led them in their war of independence from 1920 to 1922 and became the founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Turkish nationalism -- along with its growing Islamic conservatism -- concern many Europeans who worry that such attitudes will be at odds with the European Union\'s efforts to create a united body of nations. In Decmeber, 2004, the EU agreed that accession talks for Turkey\'s entry into the union will begin in October 2005 and could last as long as a decade.