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Are these countries really part of Europe?


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#1 Hairy Scot

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:28 AM

 Armenia
 Azerbaijan
 Cyprus
 Georgia
 Israel
 Kazakhstan
 Turkey

 

Seems to me that geographically they're more Asian than European.


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#2 endersgame

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 05:37 AM

Europe is more a cultural idea than a geographical fact. Turkey for example is considered the near East, but Istanbul was once the capital of the Roman empire and as Greek as you can get.

Russia is another example, culturally it seems more European than Asian. It's Slavic to the core, orthodox Christian and white. But geographically it boarders China, North Korea and Mongolia and even has a few islands just of the sea of Japan.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:22 PM

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are considered as European since belonging to the old URSS (Russia which is actually split in two, European Russia and Asian Russia which lies to the East of the Ural mountains) after the breakup of 1991 these countries were automatically considered as being part of Europe.
Armenia has actually one of the most ancient European histories and cultures.
Kazakhstan is not a European country but belongs to central Asia, it is actually situated on the two continents but it's Western part is mostly desert and sparsely populated.
Cyprus is considered (rightly) to be part of Europe due to it being situated in the Mediterranean sea and and having Greek culture, the island has been split in two since the invasion of Northern Cyprus by Turkey in 1974.
Turkey (the same as Russia) has a small part in Europe and a very large part part in Asia, most Europeans do not consider Turkey as being a part of Europe hence the reluctance to allow it's entry into the European Union, Turkey never the less is a member of NATO.
Israel, geographically speaking should not be considered as a European country, but we all know where denying this fact would lead us.






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