INSITER Coordinator at the Izmir University of Economics

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 Roundtable No. 2

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)


INSITER Project Presented to European Commission Delegation

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.

Conference Report in DAAD Newsletter

On July 6, 2017 the German Academic Exchange Service in Turkey (DAAD Türkiye) has published the second issue 2017 of its widely-distributed newsletter. Given the close links between the Turkish-German University and the DAAD, the issue also features a conference report (in German language) by the INSITER Co-Coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners on the INSITER conference “New Political Challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU” that took place on May 26, 2017 in Istanbul. The INSITER team welcomes the appearance, which is in line with the project’s dissemination strategy to reach out to the wider public through established communication channels. A download of the complete newsletter (PDF) is available here.

Best Student Research Papers on INSITER Website

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.

INSITER Coordinator at TRIANGLE Workshop

On June 8, 2017, INSITER Co-Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the TRIANGLE Workshop of CETEUS at the University of Cologne titled “Narratives and Perceptions on EU-Turkey Relations – A Differentiated Future?”. Turhan held a talk on “Opportunities and Challenges for Extended External and Internal Differentiated Integration between Turkey and the EU.” The workshop included other speakers such as Wolf-Ruthart Born, former Secretary of State, Bianca Benvenuti, IAI, Aras Lindh, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Funda Tekin, CETEUS and Dicle Korkmaz, METU.

INSITER Co-Coordinator at the 31st IISES International Academic Conference in London

From May 29 to 31, 2017, INSITER Co-Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the 31st IISES International Academic Conference in London. Turhan presented a conference paper titled “Domestication of Germany’s European Policy and German Leadership in the EU: The Cases of Eurozone Crisis and Refugee Crisis.”  Research for the conference contribution was  conducted in the framework of the INSITER project. The paper that was published within the framework of the conference proceedings can be found here.

INSITER Co-Coordinators at ARENA / COMOS / CETEUS Conference in Oslo

On May 18 and 19, 2017, the INSITER co-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.

INSITER Co-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.