German elections and Turkey – Part 1: What do the party programs say?

DuvarEnglish article (6 Sept. 2021) on the upcoming elections in Germany … Abstract: Turkey plays virtually no role in the campaigns of the political parties prior to the Sept. 26 election in Germany. Nevertheless, the election result will also have a major impact on German-Turkish relations, as a continuation of the current coalition is practically Read More …

Wowereit and Black Wolf (24.8.2021)

DuvarEnglish article about societal change driven by individuals both in Germany and Turkey. Abstract: Although homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, it is not widely accepted, as was the case in Western Europe until recently. In Germany, it took a 2001 mayor in Berlin to advance recognition. In Turkey, this role could fall to a Read More …

The center is far right (10.8.21)

DuvarEnglish article on the government and the opposition … Abstract: In Turkey and abroad, the criticism focuses on the government and President Erdoğan. This portrays the opposition in a more democratic light. Something for which there is little substance. Most opposition parties rally with the government at the far right of the political spectrum. Full Read More …

Consumption and crisis (27.7.21)

Article for DuvarEnglish, abstract: Domestic tourism boomed during the bayram week. Hotels, beaches, resorts, shopping centers, were all full. All this during an economic crisis between a third and fourth wave of the pandemic? However, this form of consumption is not a good economic indicator, but distracts from the economic problems most Turks have been Read More …

Intervista: Dissidenti turchi in Germania (RadioRadicale, 27.7.21)

Intervista dal correspondente di Radio Radicale in Turchia, Mariano Giustino, con me sulla situazione di dissidenti turchi in Germania. I dissidenti turchi sono in pericolo in Turchia e ovunque, non sono al sicuro da nessuna parte. Il 7 luglio scorso Erk Acarer, un giornalista turco, è stato aggredito nel cortile di casa sua a Berlino. Read More …

Webinar: “Turkey and the Global South”

I will moderate an Eliamep-Webinar on 13 July 2021 on Turkey’s foreign policy towards the Global South. The Turkey Programmeof theHellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)is organizingan online roundtable discussionon: Turkey’s foreign policy has been diversifying since the 1990s with openings to all corners of the world. In this webinar, we want to Read More …

Turkey’s Soft Power in the Balkans Reaching its Limits (1.7.2021)

My second policy paper for Eliamep, this time on Turkey’s Balkans policies … Abstract: With the EU putting the Western Balkan countries in an undefined waiting room, there was more room for maneuver for non-EU players. Turkey among others used this space to broaden its influence in the Balkans from politics to the economy, from Read More …

A relatively positive agenda…at least until Merkel is out (30.6.2021)

DuvarEnglish article on the European Council under Portuguese EU presidency (January-June 2021) … Abstract: Even with the sustained status quo on Cyprus, EU-Turkey relations might become more troublesome after the elections in Germany in late September. After a new government is sworn in, Merkel is out. Turkey will lose its strongest ally, who has been Read More …

Webinar: “The East-Med and Turkey during Portugal’s EU presidency” (30.6.2021)

Together with professor Isabel David (Universidade de Lisboa) we organized and moderated a webinar at the end of Portugal’s EU Presidency with a special focus on what these six months meant for Turkey and the East-Med. What were the major challenges and developments during these six months? Besides this evaluation of the presidency and its Read More …