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Brexit Ambassador series: The view from Turkey

If Britain chose to leave the European Union, it would not only have an effect inside the UK, but also on the rest of Europe. In the final month of the referendum campaign, we will be featuring comments from some of Europe’s Ambassadors to the UK on how they view a potential Brexit. Abdurrahman Bilgiç, the Turkish Ambassador, explains […]

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    Never mind Brexit scaremongering – Turkey is a long way from joining the EU

Never mind Brexit scaremongering – Turkey is a long way from joining the EU

There have been competing claims within the context of the UK’s EU referendum campaign over the prospect of Turkey joining the EU in the near future. David Phinnemore and Erhan İçener argue that the notion Turkey is close to joining the EU has been overstated by those campaigning for a Brexit, and that regardless of the merits of Turkey’s application for membership, […]

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    Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, announced his resignation on 5 May. Didem Buhari-Gulmez writes that the resignation reflected a wider split within Turkey over the need for security-oriented policies, the validity of the deal between Turkey and the EU over refugees, and the aim of Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to move the country toward a presidential political system.  […]

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    Bargaining bodies: The EU’s deal with Turkey has sacrificed Europe’s principles to appease domestic politics

Bargaining bodies: The EU’s deal with Turkey has sacrificed Europe’s principles to appease domestic politics

The EU and Turkey have agreed on the broad elements of a deal to help stem the flow of people across the Turkish border into the EU. Assessing the content of the agreement, Rebecca Bryant writes that the EU is on the brink of making a costly mistake for the sake of domestic expediency. She argues that rather than […]

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    Nato’s new migrant mission in the Aegean is a victory for Turkey and proof of Europe’s strategic irrelevance

Nato’s new migrant mission in the Aegean is a victory for Turkey and proof of Europe’s strategic irrelevance

A plan to deploy Nato ships in the Aegean sea to tackle people smugglers operating between Turkey and Greece was agreed in early February. Angelos Chryssogelos writes that the new mission will do little to influence the dynamics of the migration crisis, with effective management of the problem still reliant on Turkish cooperation. He also argues that by signing […]

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    Turkey’s academic petition affair: How Erdoğan’s attacks on critical academics are likely to bolster his support

Turkey’s academic petition affair: How Erdoğan’s attacks on critical academics are likely to bolster his support

A recent petition by Turkish academics criticising military operations in Kurdish-dominated areas of the country has generated substantial criticism from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other Turkish political figures. Sezin Öney argues that the affair, which has raised questions about the nature of academic freedom in Turkey, represents an attempt by Erdoğan to bolster his support among nationalist voters […]

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