17 May 2016
ESI on German, Austrian, and Dutch TV on the refugee crisis and visa-free travel for Turkey
Interview with Gerald Knaus on Nieuwsuur (11 May 2016)

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to present ESI's research and analysis in TV interviews and debates in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.

Gerald argued that denying visa free travel to Turks will not improve human rights in Turkey, and to threaten to do so will not make Ankara budge on issues like the anti-terror law. That law – but even more the state of the judiciary and prosecution and overall political justice targeting "enemies of the state" – is incompatible with the Copenhagen criteria. But this will not change in a few weeks or months. It requires a broad reform movement and committed leaders.

Nor will the situation of refugees in Turkey or Greece improve if the EU-Turkey deal collapses. And a collapse without a plan B is what would happen if visa free travel is not offered.

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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