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Turkey and the EU: The end of the affair?

Demir Murat Seyrek | BBC News (UK) |


EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek is mentioned by BBC News on the latest developments of the Turkey-Eu relations.

“There is a risk that the whole migrant deal could collapse by the end of the year,” said Seyrek.  And, if the migrant deal fails, he warns there could be a security risk too as the jihadist group Islamic State continues to lose territory and power.

“Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq might come back to Europe through Turkey. Turkey and the EU need to co-operate,” he concluded.

This article is in English and can be read here.


About Demir Murat Seyrek

Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is a Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy. His work focuses on prevention of radicalisation and the role that civil society can play in supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience from within. He also manages a programme monitoring online radicalisation. Murat began his career as the Brussels representative of the ARI Movement, a leading Turkish NGO, working on Turkey-EU relations and democratisation. During the Cyprus peace process (2003-2004) he took an active role establishing contacts with the EU institutions and European think tanks on behalf of the Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community. Murat has published widely on contemporary aspects of Turkish politics and foreign policy, including in academic journals, newspapers and think tank publications. He also appears regularly on television and in print media and is a regular columnist for the Deutsche Welle Turkish. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a BSc in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). Murat speaks Turkish, English and French.

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