20 June 2013
Salzburg – ESI at TV debate on the "European crisis"
Klaus Hänsch, Gerald Knaus, and Johannes Willms. Photo: ServusTV
Klaus Hänsch, Gerald Knaus, and Johannes Willms. Photo: ServusTV

Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a TV debate on current European affairs on Austrian ServusTV. Speaking about the recent EU accesion of Croatia, he pointed out the enourmous progress Croatia has undergone since the late 1990s with leading politicians on trial for corruption, peaceful relations with its neighbours, poltical and economic reforms and a general sense that EU accession is no panacea for all problems. Regarding the recent protests in Turkey, he pointed out that these show how European Turkish society has already become with individual citizens voicing their right to participate in political decisions. Gerald stressed that the best way to support the pro-European forces in Turkey would be visa-free travel for Turkish citizens and to open negotiations on the Justice and Home affairs chapter as soon as possible.

The other guests included Klaus Hänsch, former President of the European Parliament, Joachim Starbatty, professor of economics, Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, political scientist, and Franz Schellhorn, chairman of the think tank "Agenda Austria". The full show is available on ServusTV's website.

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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