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.
- Phoenix, "Streit um Visafreiheit – Kippt der Türkei-Deal?" - Gerald Knaus in debate on German TV - ("Dispute on visa-free travel – Is the Turkey deal failing?") (17 May 2016)
- ZDF, "heute+" - TV interview with Gerald Knaus on visa free travel for Turkey - ("today+") (12 May 2016)
- NOS, Nieuwsuur, "EU moet toegeven op visumvrij reizen voor Turkije" ("EU must give visa-free travel to Turkey") (11 May 2016)
- ORF, ZIB24, "Gespräch mit Gerald Knaus über den EU-Türkei-Deal" ("Interview with Gerald Knaus on the EU-Turkey deal") (11 May 2016)