6 March 2009
Public discussion in Warsaw: Will Turkey and the Western Balkans ever join the EU?
Modern Istanbul. © 2008 pre tv. All rights reserved.
Modern Istanbul. © 2008 pre tv. All rights reserved.


"Will Turkey and the Western Balkans ever join the EU?"

Public discussion

on Friday, 6 March 2009, at 12:00


The European Stability Initiative, founded by Gerald Knaus in 1999, is one of Europe's most successful institutes working for a deeper understanding of the challenges the EU faces in its policy towards Turkey and the Balkans. On Friday, 6 March, Gerald will speak  in Warsaw on the prospects of Turkey and the countries of the Western Balkans to acceed to the European Union.

Reports on Turkey such as Islamic Calvinists. Change and Conservatism in central Anatolia redefined the way political developments in Turkey were seen in Europe. Other ground breaking papers include The worst in class: How the international protectorate hurts the European future of Bosnia and Herzegovina or The cost of non-Europe. Textile towns and the future of Serbia.

Most recently, ESI has been supported by ERSTE Stiftung in producing the TV project "Return to Europe", a series of 10 one-hour TV documentaries featuring countries and cities in the Balkans. The aim of the series is to acquaint viewers with this fascinating region and its peoples, their recent past and their struggle for a better future in Europe.

The latest of these films – Istanbul, Truth Fear and Hope – will be shown in Warsaw at the Centre for Eastern Studies (CES) at 17:00 on 6 March 2009.

Please confirm your participation by e-mail to Krzysztof Bobinski.


Friday, 6 March 2009




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00-533 Warszawa


About us
Photo credits
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.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
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