INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan discussed together with Sinan Ülgen (EDAM) and Piotr Zalewski (The Economist) the current state of play in EU -Turkey relations at a panel titled “Turkey in Today’s World Map” on 17 February 2018 at TÜSIAD headquarters in Istanbul. The panel was organized by the Alumni network of Turkey Europe Future Forum. The panel was chaired by James Rizzo (Stiftung Mercator). Throughout her speech Turhan particularly focused on the key drivers of recent bilateral dialogue, Germany’s role in the formation of the relations between Turkey and the EU and on the future institutional architecture of EU-Turkey affairs.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan together with Dr. Yasar Aydin published a chapter titled “Deutschlands Rolle beim Flüchtlingsabkommen der Europäischen Union mit der Türkei – Eine Zäsur in der deutschen Türkei-Politik?“ in the edited volume “Deutsch-türkische Beziehungen: Historische, sektorale und migrationsspezifische Aspekte” by Wolfgang Gieler, Burak Gümüş and Yunus Yoldaş (eds.).
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan was invited to Izmir University of Economics by Jean Monnet Professor Alexander Bürgin to hold a Jean Monnet Seminar. On 12 December 2017 Turhan gave a talk in Izmir on “Possibilities and Limitations of Differentiated Integration between Turkey and the EU.” More than 50 students and academics participated in the Jean Monnet Seminar at the Izmir University of Economics. The 1-hour presentation of Turhan was followed by a lively and interactive Q&A session.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated between 27-29 November 2017 in the 6th MIRDEC Conference (Global Meeting of Social Science Community) in Lisbon and presented her paper titled “External Differentiated Integration with the EU: Causes, Policy Areas and Future Outlook” at the conference.
On November 13, 2017, INSITER together with the Middle East Technical University (METU) and the TRIANGLE Project of the Center for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) will organise the INSITER-METU-TRIANGLE Roundtable “Germany and Turkey in Europe: Possibilities and Limitations of Cooperation and Conflict “.
The roundtable will take place at 1 pm in the premises of the METU in Ankara and bring together academics, students and civil society representatives focusing on EU/German-Turkish relations.
The roundtable will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp (METU / Turkish-German University and Istanbul Policy Center) and will include following speakers:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özgehan Şenyuva (METU)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University)
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan (Turkish-German University / INSITER Coordinator)
On October 25, 2017, INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan presented the activities, publications and findings of the first year of the INSITER module to a delegation of the European Commission led by Martine Reicherts, Director-General of the DG Education & Culture of the European Commission at the Koç University within the framework of delegation’s 2-day visit to Turkey. Throughout her presentation Turhan particularly put emphasis on the positive impact of the Jean Monnet Module on efforts to making the Turkish-German University a hub for EU studies and analyses on EU-Turkey relations in Turkey and beyond.
The final week of the INSITER study visit took place in the German capital, Berlin. One of the highlights of the 1 week visit to Berlin has been the meeting with Ufuk Gezer, chargé d’affaires at the Turkish Embassy in Berlin. During a lively conversation, Mr. Gezer put particular emphasis on German-Turkish relations differentiating between economic, political and social aspects of this complex dialogue. Mr. Gezer furthermore provided insight on Germany’s role in the formation of the relationship between Turkey and the EU and talked about the latest developments with regard to the Turkish diaspora in Germany in economic, political and social terms.
INSITER is proud to publish the best student research papers written for the four lectures/seminars that are components of the INSITER project. The following papers have been chosen as the best ones to be published given their overall academic quality and the grades the students receveived for them:
AVU 114, Abdoul Yoro Diallo, “European External Action Service”, read here.
AVU 101, Canan Uzuntaş, “The Impact of Brexit (together with other factors) on the EU-Turkey Relationship”, read here.
AVU 107, Canan Uzuntaş, “Alternative EU Membership Models and Their Suitability for the UK and Turkey”, read here.
AVU 106, Batuhan Çelebi, “Review of the Book: Economic Sanctions and Presidential Decisions- Models of Political Rationality – Author: A. Coper Drury”, read here.
The annual INSITER study trip of the Turkish-German University’s MA programme “European and International Affairs” (MEIA) continued with various interesting meetings in Brussels between June,11-16, 2017 , inter-alia with visits to the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the EU, the European Parliament, Scottish Government EU Office, the Legal Services of the European Commission, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and Andrew Duff, Former Member of the European Parliament. The Brussels visit was realized in close cooperation with the University of Cologne and Sciences Po and included students from University of Cologne, Sciences Po, Sorbonne University and Charles University Prague.
One of the highlights of the Brussels study visit has been the lively conversation with Ambassador Faruk Kaymakçı, Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the EU. During the talks, Ambassador Kaymakçı provided an overview of the history of relations between Turkey and the EU, identified the recent challenges with regard to Turkey’s EU accession process (including the Cyprus conflict) and emphasized the importance of reform of EU-Turkey Customs Union. The visit was also made public on the official Twitter page of Ambassador Kaymakçı.
Another highlight has been the guided tour of the European Parliament. The students had the opportunity to get information on the institutional structure of the European Parliament, political groups in the European Parliament and latest trends in the European political landscape, as well as were able to have a look at the plenary chamber.