Turkey as a gatekeeper to Europe? The Joint-Action Agreement two month down the line

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With Turkey currently regarded as the key to solving – or at least abating and restricting the refugee crisis outside the borders of the EU – former cracks in EU-Turkey relations have been swiftly smoothed over. Turkey knows of its current indispensability and arguably Europe needs Turkey more than vice versa. The balance of power has shifted significantly in favour of Turkey. But this new transactional nature in the relationship has led to a muting of other crucial debates such as human rights abuses, particularly in the Kurdish region, attacks on freedom of speech and developments towards an increasingly authoritarian leadership.

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Turkey as a gatekeeper to Europe? The Joint-Action Agreement two month down the line
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:30 12:30

CHAIR & MODERATOR
Dilek Kurban
, Marie Curie Fellow, Hertie School, Berlin; Co-chair of the Dahrendorf Working Group ‘Europe and Turkey’

PANELISTS
Ça
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Elisabeth Kotthaus, Deputy Head of the Political Section, European Commission Representation in Germany, Berlin

Günter Seufert, Senior Fellow, Research Division EU/Europe, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Emma Sinclair-Webb, Senior Researcher for Turkey, Human Rights Watch, Istanbul

The opinions expressed in this blog contribution are entirely those of the author and do not represent the positions of the Dahrendorf Forum or its hosts Hertie School of Governance and London School of Economics and Political Science or its funder Stiftung Mercator.

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