4 October 2006
Presentation in Istanbul on the German and Austrian debates on Turkey and the EU

On the occasion of Angela Merkel's visit to Turkey and recent parliamentary elections in Austria, the Open Society Institute (OSI) organized a briefing night in Istanbul on 4 October 2006. About 25 representatives from Turkish TV stations, newspapers and magazines, think tanks, and universities discussed the findings of ongoing ESI research on the debates on Turkey and the EU in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.

What is Turkey's role in the domestic debates on Islam in Austria and Germany? What is the outlook of the Islam Conference in Germany, which was initiated and recently launched by Wolfgang Schäuble, minister of the  interior? To what extent might the outcome of Austrian elections – a surprise victory for the social democrats – change the Austrian approach to Turkey?

ESI president Gerald Knaus's presentation led to a lively and extensive debate among the Turkish thinkers and the researchers of ESI. Please find below the two papers that ESI presented at the discussion in both English and Turkish.

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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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