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 …

Greece and Turkey as close and distant neighbors (DuvarEnglish, 15.6.21)

DuvarEnglish article on Greeks and Turks … Abstract: What do Greeks and Turks think about one another? A survey conducted in both countries reveals widespread agreement, e.g. that the EU is unfair and that the East-Med is a major confrontational issue, however, the citizens from both countries largely do not feel that their cultures are Read More …

Turchia tra UE, USA e Russia (12.6.2021)

I participated in the third edition of the Turkey EU Forum organized by Mariano Giustino. I spoke in the second panel on Germany-Turkey relations arguing that Germany is one of the strongest supporters of the so-called positive agenda and a transactional relationship. The reasons for this are the domestic situation in Germany with almost 3 Read More …

Germans and Turks: Diamond Wedding (2.6.21, DuvarEnglish)

In 1961, (West) Germany and Turkey signed a recruitment agreement setting out the conditions under which Turks were allowed to work in Germany. Although long-term residence was initially forbidden, Germany became the permanent home of almost 3 million people with a background in Turkey. There could be much to be celebrated, but because of the Read More …

Turkey’s limited soft power in the Balkans (17.5.21)

DuvarEnglish article on Turkey’s Balkans policies … Abstract: Over the past two decades Turkey’s influence in the Balkans has increased on all fronts, from politics to the economy, culture, and military cooperation. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has not helped Turkey to further improve its standing. Turkish vaccines might be on the way, but it will Read More …

Turkey-Armenia: Open the Gate (5.5.21)

DuvarEnglish article on the closed Turkey-Armenia border: Turkey and Armenia don’t have diplomatic relations, nor an open land border. The reason is not different interpretations of the past, but the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. This changed last fall, so that there is no formal reason left why Turkey should not have an open border with Armenia. Read More …

Damaged Laschet vs rising Baerbock (DuvarEnglish, 22.4.21)

DuvarEnglish article about the candidate nomination of the two biggest German political parties, the CDU and the Greens. Abstract: The two biggest German parties finally have their candidates for the elections in fall. While there are no losers within the Greens, there are many losers in the CDU, the most important one the chairman and Read More …

Intervista sul caso giudiziario di Ömer Faruk Gergerlioglu (9.4.21)

Intervista col correspondente di Radio Radicale in Turchia, Mariano Giustino, su la personlità die Ömer Faruk Gergerlioglu e perchè é diventato un target del governo. L’intervista sul sito di Radio Radicale (in totale 16 minuti) https://www.radioradicale.it/scheda/633841/turchia-intervista-allanalista-ekrem-guzeldere-sul-caso-giudiziario-di-omer-faruk