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Dina AL KHAWAGA

The timing of the latest Anna Lindh/Gallup polling was of upmost significance for Egypt, with citizens living a particular moment of transition. Dina Al Khawaga exposes the interest that Egyptians show towards enhanced cooperation in the Euro-Med area as a source for dynamism and openness to the cultural diversity of the region. At the same time, the author highlights how people exhausted by a prolonged climate of change have reverted to certain values such as the family as a space for stability.

Caroline ROBERTSON-VON TROTHA

Policies for cultural pluralism are relatively recent in Germany, despite the fact that the waves of migrants are long-standing. The author explains how the attitude of citizens to cultural diversity varies between the different regions of the country due to the different levels of exposure to groups with migrant backgrounds. While the Anna Lindh/Gallup polling shows respondents’ scepticism towards diversity in relation to social instability, there is a definite support for the equality of rights to all minorities in the country.

Fadma AIT MOUS

In analysing the trend variations between the previous and most recent Anna Lindh/Gallup polling, Fadma Ait Mous tackles the hopes and perspectives of Moroccan citizens about the coming years, and their perceptions towards their European and Southern Mediterranean neighbours. The author highlights the expectations of Moroccans towards the Union for the Mediterranean process, as well as the emergence of a renewed level of Euro-Med engagement principally as the result of new migratory trends in the region.

Juan DIEZ-NICOLAS

Despite the economic crisis in Europe, and historic social changes across the Arab region, trends in Spanish public opinion on intercultural affairs and values have not changed dramatically since the first Anna Lindh/ Gallup poll. At the same time, Juan Diez Nicolas highlights how there has been a relevant change related to the perception of Spaniards’ to the values of the countries of the southern Mediterranean. The author also exposes a continued openness to cultural diversity, despite the changing context of the last years.

Cengiz GÜNAY

In Turkey, as in other countries going through a process of transformation, modernity does not necessarily mean a shift away from spirituality and religion. Cengiz Gunay explores the development over the last three decades of the concept of Turkish identity, between traditional and secular values as well as in relation to the emergence of new social actors and demands. Building on the most recent Anna Lindh/Gallup Poll findings, the author also explores the potential impact of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on Turkey.