29 May 2017
Berlin – ESI at the Think 20 Summit "Global Solutions"
Photo: T20 Global Solutions
Photo: T20 Global Solutions

ESI's Gerald Knaus participated in the Think 20 Summit "Global Solutions" in Berlin where he spoke at the panel "Lessons from the EU-Turkey Migration Deal" together with Saime Özçürümez, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bilkent University, Karl Kopp, European Representative, PRO ASYL, and Mehmet Simşek, Deputy Prime-Minister, Turkish Government.

Gerald argued that public support is essential to make the EU-Turkey migration deal sustainable. While an agreement with Turkey was the right way to go, agreements with countries like Libya are unacceptable, when there are no or unstable governments to deal with. However, there is a moral, political, and legal obligation to save people at sea. He emphasised that policies need to preserve the Schengen agreement, protect migrants, and strengthen relations with Africa. Most importantly, the EU needs to negotiate readmission agreements with countries of origin, not countries of transit, as they may not want to take back non-nationals.

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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