20 February 2009
ESI in Barcelona: At the Gates of Europe
At the Gates of Europe

Several countries, such as the Western Balkan States, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Morocco are situated at the gates of the EU. However, their aspirations for integration are confronted with a number of obstacles.

ESI's Gerald Knaus spoke on issues faced by Turkey in its accession process on a conference organised by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). The conference aimed to inquire more deeply into the debate on Europe, analysing the specific set of problems faced by each of countries at the gates of Europe, while also reflecting on the limits of Europe and "Europeanness" itself.

Other participants included Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, Remzi Lani, Albanian political analyst, director of the Albanian media Institute, Carlos Taibo, lecturer in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Gia Tarkhan-Mouravi, journalist from Georgia and co-director of the Tbilisi Institute for Policy Studies, Carmen Claudín, deputy director of the CIDOB Foundation, Cengiz Çandar, Turkish journalist and political analyst, adviser to the former president Turgut Ozal, and Paul Scheffer, journalist and professor of Urban Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

Conference programme

Gerald Knaus on the panel and asking a question to Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Photo: Miquel Taverna Homs
Mikheil Saakashvili. Photo: Miquel Taverna Homs
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com