In this contribution for DW (Türkçe), EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek discusses the EU’s radio silence following constitutional changes in Turkey.
In this article for Deutsche Welle, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek challenges the EU’s sincerity with regards to addressing the democratic problems Turkey faces and raises the question of why negotiation chapters 23 (judiciary and fundamental rights) and 24 (justice, freedom and security) of the accession talks are currently still blocked.
DW Türkçe (Germany)November 14, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek writes for DW Türkçe on the worsening relationship between Turkey and the EU as a result of serious problems in Turkey in terms of fundamental rights and freedoms & Turkish government’s increasingly negative attitude towards the EU.
Deutsche Welle (Germany)November 9, 2016
“We don’t know where America is going to go and what we’ve seen in the campaign is not inspiring,” says EFD President and Founder Roberta Bonazzi in this interview with Deutsche Welle regarding the election of Donald Trump.
European Policy Center (Belgium)June 15, 2016
EFD Visiting Fellow Pieter Van Ostaeyen gives his opinion on the next steps to take following the terrorist attacks on Brussels of March 22. These include “analysing the work carried out by security and intelligence forces nationally and transnationally, in order to properly determined were the weak spots were, along with re-evaluating integration policies in Europe, which have, to large extent, failed.”
MSN Nachrichten (Germany)March 8, 2016
Deutsche Welle writes about the EU-Turkey summit on 7 January 2016. “I think the summit can be considered an unexpected diplomatic success for Turkey. The provision of sending one Syrian refugee to Europe for every refugee Turkey accepts from Greece was a new and unexpected proposition, which caused complications on the European side,” said EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Murat Seyrek.
EU Reporter (Belgium)March 1, 2016
EU Reporter writes about a recent event organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on the “Turkey-EU Deal on Refugees – Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications”. With regards to tackling the current impasse on EU/Turkey relations, EFD senior policy advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek argued that opening accession chapters, particularly those on the rule of law and justice, could be a useful step forward for both parties.
The Brussels Times (Belgium)March 1, 2016
The Brussels Times reports on the recent closed-door policy briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on 29 February 2016. The event, entitled “Turkey-EU Deal on Refugees – Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications”, offered insights into the possibility of positive benefits for EU/Turkey relations with regards to cooperation in the handling of the refugee crisis.
EU today (Belgium)February 29, 2016
EU today writes about the recently hosted closed-door policy briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on 29 February 2016. The briefing, entitled “Turkey-EU Deal on Refugees – Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications”, considered to what extent cooperation on the refugee situation has the potential to help reinvigorate EU-Turkey relations.
Die Achse des Guten (Germany)June 29, 2011
Iran criticises EU sanctions, claiming that Iran has its own understanding of human rights. The human rights officer of the Iranian state even denies the persecution of the Bahai. It is claimed that Iran represents a role model for the Islamic world.
Now is the right time for the West to engage with opposition groups – including Coptic groups and secular forces – in Egypt, according to EFD Visiting Fellow Dr. Walid Phares, speaking at a European Parliament breakfast meeting to discuss integration, inclusion and Jihadism in the EU on 9th February 2010.
Chaired by President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfred Martens, the seminar invited European Foundation for Democracy Visiting Fellow Walid Phares to provide his expert analysis on a range of subjects including the terrorist threat emanating from the rise of radical Islamist groups in Europe, how to empower liberal Muslim organisations on the European continent, as well as his view on the recent democratic uprisings across the Arab world.