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 …

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 …