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Turkey and the EU [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Relations between Turkey and the European Union have been strained for some time, and most recently, Ankara became embroiled in a diplomatic spat with Germany and the Netherlands, following decisions in both countries to prevent Turkish ministers from addressing rallies of expatriate Turks. On 16 April, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip … Continue reading

Outcome of European Council meeting of 9 March 2017 and of informal meeting of the EU27 of 10 March 2017

Written by Suzana Anghel and Ralf Drachenberg, After re-electing Donald Tusk as its President, the European Council meeting of 9 March 2017 discussed the economic situation in Europe, progress on measures regarding migration, internal and external security, and external relations. In his first speech to the European Council, the recently- elected President of the European … Continue reading

Turkey since the failed July 2016 coup

The leading Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi or AKP), in power since late 2002, faced its first difficulties in the June 2015 general election, in the wake of a struggle to impose control on a highly politicised civil service. After the failed military coup of July 2016, in which the opposition parties mobilised with the AKP to preserve democracy, the government launched a major purge on civil servants affiliated with the Gülen movement, which it blames for the coup. Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit – Wanted: Humanity

Written by Clare Ferguson and Marta Latek, Whether the situation in Turkey was a factor in the choice of venue for the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016, is unconfirmed. According to the European Commission, however, with some 3.1 million refugees on its territory, the country is currently the largest host of … Continue reading

EU-Turkey relations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Relations between the European Union and Turkey gained new momentum last month with an agreement aimed at addressing the migration crisis. One element of the deal is that Turkey shall take back migrants who cross to Greece illegally. The EU would accept Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and compensate it with … Continue reading

Outlook for the European Council of 17-18 March 2016

Written by Ralf Drachenberg and Stanislas de Finance The European Council of 17-18 March 2016 will discuss further steps to address the migration crisis, focusing on the follow-up to the 7 March meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government with Turkey and on reforming the EU’s existing framework for a common asylum policy. … Continue reading

Outcome of informal European Council of 7 March 2016 and the informal meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government with Turkey

Written by Ralf Drachenberg, The informal European Council of 7 March 2016 focused on migration, assessing the state of implementation of previously agreed measures. EU leaders stressed the need to fully apply the Schengen Borders Code, thereby ending the ‘wave-through’ policy for migrants, providing humanitarian assistance to Greece and moving forward in the EU’s cooperation … Continue reading

Outcome of the meeting of Heads of State or Government with Turkey on 29 November 2015

Written by Ralf Drachenberg EU Heads of State or Government met on 29 November 2015 with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to discuss the ongoing migration crisis and the renewal of relations between the EU and Turkey. The main outcome of the meeting was a joint statement. Concerning migration, Turkey and the EU decided to … Continue reading

Outlook for the 29 November 2015 meeting of the Heads of State or Government of the EU with Turkey

Written by Ralf Drachenberg Heads of State or Government from the EU and the Republic of Turkey[1] will meet on 29 November 2015 in Brussels to further strengthen EU-Turkey relations while discussing the management of the ongoing migration crisis. The meeting is expected to result in a number of political and financial commitments, including the finalisation … Continue reading

EU-Turkey relations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski Turkey’s ruling AKP party won the 7 June parliamentary election, but lost its majority in the house, opening the way for talks on a coalition government and plunging the country into uncertainty. The vote ended more than a decade of single-party rule in the EU candidate country and dealt a blow … Continue reading

The situation of Kurds in Kobane

3 language versions available in pdf: The situation of Kurds in Kobane Die Lage der Kurden in Kobane La situation des Kurdes à Kobané Commenting on the fighting against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, citizens called on the EU to help the civilians and threatened minorities. In particular, they were concerned about the … Continue reading

Topics and links – October 2014

Update: This post is available in more EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: Hearings of the new Commissioners, EP debate on fundamental rights in Hungary, ‘Thousand-cow farm’ project in France, Turkey and the situation of Kurds in Kobane, EU relations with Russia and Ukraine, winter time. This month, … Continue reading

Topics and links – August 2014

Update: This post is available in all EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: ISIS terror and humanitarian disaster in Iraq, tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, independence of the judiciary in Turkey, TTIP negotiations. Recent international conflicts were the dominating issues in the correspondence of citizens … Continue reading

Social media freedom in Turkey

After a two-month ban, the Turkish government restored access to the video-sharing website YouTube in June 2014. This move was necessary to comply with a Constitutional Court (CC) ruling, which judged blocking the site as a breach of freedom of expression. In April Turkey’s highest court had ruled in a similar case, overturning the controversial … Continue reading

Turkey: the 2013 progress report and beyond

6 language versions available in PDF format Türkei: Fortschrittsbericht 2013 und weitere Aspekte Turquía: el informe de situación 2013 y los acontecimientos más recientes Turquie: rapport de suivi 2013 et au-delà Turchia: relazione sullo stato di avanzamento 2013 e oltre Turcja: sprawozdanie z postępu prac za rok 2013 i po tym okresie Turkey: the 2013 … Continue reading

Turkey’s regional power aspirations

The rise to power of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) in 2002 has prompted the emergence of a new Turkish foreign policy doctrine. Its principles emphasise a policy of “zero problems with neighbours”, proactive diplomacy, as well as a more autonomous foreign policy. There have been many debates on Turkey’s … Continue reading

Turkey: Reactions to the Commission’s 2012 progress report

6 language versions available in PDF formatTürkei: Reaktionen auf den Fortschrittsbericht der Kommission 2012 Turquía: la reacción ante el Informe de 2012 de la Comisión sobre los progresos realizados Réactions au rapport de la Commission sur les progrès accomplis par la Turquie en 2012 Turchia: Reazioni alla relazione 2012 della Commissione sui progressi compiuti Turcja: … Continue reading

Progress on the situation of Kurds in Turkey?

6 language versions available in PDF format Hat sich die Situation der Kurden in der Türkei verbessert? ¿Progresos en la situación de los kurdos en Turquía? La situation des Kurdes en Turquie s’est-elle améliorée? Quali progressi sulla situazione dei curdi in Turchia? Poprawa sytuacji Kurdów w Turcji? Progress on the situation of Kurds in Turkey? … Continue reading

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