Visit to the Turkish Embassy in Paris and to the Turkish Delegation to the OECD

The annual study trip of the Turkish-German University’s MA programme “European and International Affairs” (MEIA) continued with various interesting meetings in Paris, inter-alia with visits to the Turkish Embassy and the Turkish Delegation to the OECD. The study trip is realized within the framework of the INSITER, under the supervision of INSITER Co-coordinators, Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan & Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners. The students and the INSITER team are thankful for the warm welcome and the enlighthening exchanges.

On June 7, the MEIA delegation met with Erdem Tunçer, Premier Conseiller, Aslin Savran, Political Conseiller, and Özlem Nurdalı, Commercial Conseiller at the Turkish Embassy in Paris. The exchange focused on the latest developments concerning the political, economic and social relations between France and Turkey, the French position on Turkey’s EU accession process and the French domestic political landscape. The visit has also been documented on the Embassy’s social media presence (see here).

Another highlight of the Paris visit was the meeting with Ambassador Dr. Erdem Başçı, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the OECD and the former Governor of the Turkish Central Bank on June 9. The talks with the Ambassador centered around the evolution of Turkey’s status within the OECD, Turkey’s impact on the institutional architecture, agenda-shaping and policy-making within the OECD. Beyond that the students could also discuss recent challenges and opportunities in the global economic governance and the future of EU-Turkey relations.

Start of the Study and Research Trip

On June 4, the annual study trip of the Turkish-German University’s MA programme “European and International Affairs” has officially started. The programme takes place in the framework of the INSITER project and is financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In the next three weeks, it will take the students to Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Berlin to gather first-hand insights in European decision-making and EU-Turkey affairs. A draft of the full programme can be found here.

On June 6, the programme kicked-off with a meeting with Prof. Dr. Pascal Hector, deputy head of mission of the German embassy in Paris. The exchange was particularly interesting as Prof. Hector had also been involved in the setup of the Turkish-German University in his function as deputy head of mission of the German embassy in Ankara between 2009 and 2012. The students and the INSITER team are thankful for the warm welcome and the good discussions at the Embassy.

Meeting of the INSITER Advisory and Steering Board

On May 25, 2017 the second meeting of the INSITER Advisory and Steering Board took place in the premises of the Istanbul Policy Centre in Istanbul. The meeting served the purpose to jointly reflect on the programme implementation in the first nine project months and on the planning of upcoming project activities, such as the study trip to Paris and Berlin and the international simulation exercise in Brussels.

INSITER Seminar Concluded

On May 24, 2017, the last session of the INSITER seminar “Contemporary EU-Turkey Relations” took place. The course was added to the Turkish-German University’s MA programme “European and International Affairs” as a new teaching offer (seminar code ‘AVU114’) in the framework of the INSITER project; classes had started on February 15. The seminar was conducted by the INSITER coordinators Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners and will be concluded with the submission of the students’ seminar papers by May 28.

INSITER Coordinators at ARENA / COMOS / CETEUS Conference in Oslo

On May 18 and 19, 2017, the INSITER coordinators participated in a joint conference of the Centre for European Studies (ARENA) of the University of Oslo, the Cologne Monnet Association (COMOS) and the Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) of the University of Cologne that took place in Oslo, Norway.

Under the conference title “Towards a differentiated Europe” the event dealt with recent developments inside the EU, joint challenges for the EU and Norway as well as the future ties of the EU to non-member states, particularly Norway, the UK and Turkey. In this context Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr Wulf Reiners contributed to the panel on “Alternative Forms of Partnership of and with the EU” and presented the INSITER project.

Extended Registration Deadline – Joint Conference on May 26

Also on behalf of CETEUS / University of Cologne and the Turkish-German University INSITER invites you to participate in the Joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” on May 26, 2017. The conference takes place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (get directions here) and will bring together scholars from both Turkey and EU countries who are engaged in EU studies and Germany –Turkey relations.

The conference programme foresees welcome addresses, a key not speech and three thematic panels:
1) Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations
2) EU, Turkey and the Economy
3) New Actors, New System, New Era? World Politics 2017

A draft agenda can be found here. Participation is possible only upon successful registration. In order to register please return the completed registration form (download here) by May 19, 2017 (extended deadline) to Çigdem Çelik (celik@tau.edu.tr).

Reminder – Joint Conference on May 26

Also on behalf of CETEUS / University of Cologne and the Turkish-German University INSITER invites you to participate in the Joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” on May 26, 2017. The conference takes place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (get directions here) and will bring together scholars from both Turkey and EU countries who are engaged in EU studies and Germany –Turkey relations.

The conference programme foresees a welcome address and three thematic panels:
1) Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations
2) EU, Turkey and the Economy
3) New Actors, New System, New Era? World Politics 2017

A draft agenda can be found here. Participation is possible only upon successful registration. In order to register please return the completed registration form (download here) by May 14, 2017 to Çigdem Çelik (celik@tau.edu.tr).

INSITER Coordinator at EUSA Conference in Miami

From May 4 to 6, 2017, INSITER Co-Coordinator Wulf Reiners participated in the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in Miami, FL. Together with Dr. Funda Tekin (CETEUS, University of Cologne) he presented a conference paper on Germany’s role in EU-Turkey relations since the 2015 refugee crisis. Research for the conference contribution was inter alia conducted in the framework of the INSITER project. The full programme of the EUSA conference 2017 can be found here.

INSITER Roundtable No. 1

On May 25, 2017, INSITER together with the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) organises the INSITER-IPC Roundtable “A new neighbourhood for everyone? Trends of transition in Turkey, the EU and the wider region“.

The roundtable takes place at 2 pm in the premises of the IPC in Karaköy and brings together academics, students and civil society representatives from Germany and Turkey.

The event serves the purpose to approach Turkey-EU relations in a comparative way, focusing on the current internal dynamics and external orientations of Turkey and the EU and tackling the issue of Turkey’s foreign policy and external action of the EU in the wider neighbourhood. It will pay special attention to most recent developments, for instance the Turkish-European cooperation to respond to the refugee crisis, the institutional evolution of the EU, post-Arab Spring dynamics and the political landscape.

The roundtable is convened by the INSITER Coordinators Ebru Turhan (Chair) and Wulf Reiners (Discussant) in cooperation with Senem Aydın-Düzgit (IPC/Sabancı University). Speakers include:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit (IPC/Sabanci University)
Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp (METU University)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (CETEUS, University of Cologne / TDU)
Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University)

The event is designed for a limited number of participants including the students of the Master programme “European and International Affairs” of the Turkish-German University. It is open to external participants only upon invitation. For further information please contact the INSITER coordinator Ebru Turhan.

Conference on May 26 – Register now!

On May 26, 2017, INSITER organises together with the Department of Political Science of the Turkish-German University and the University of Cologne the joint conference
“New Political Challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – IV”. 

The conference will take place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Beykoz / Istanbul. Besides a key note address, three thematic panels related to EU-Turkey relations and beyond will be discussed by invited academics from Turkey and Germany.

The conference is open for the interested public upon registration. In order to register please send your completed registration form to the INSITER Project Assistant Çigdem Çelik. A download of the registration form is available here. Please note that the final day for the submission of registration forms is May 14, 2017.