8 February 2017
Berlin – ESI at the German MFA to discuss EU-Turkey relations
Istanbul. Photo: flickr/Han van Hoof
Istanbul. Photo: flickr/Han van Hoof

ESI's Gerald Knaus participated in a meeting of the Policy Planning Unit at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised by Stiftung Mercator. The aim was to identify the biggest threats to EU-Turkey relations and what role Germany can play to avert them as well as what opportunities exist to improve relations. Another angle of the discussion was the future of the Turkish EU accession process and how it can still become a source of positive change, in particular what tools of concrete influence the EU has in 2017 when it comes to the rule of law and human rights in Turkey.

On the same day, Gerald participated in a live debate on Deutschlandfunk: "Europa würde seine Seele verkaufen" ("Europe would sell its soul").

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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.

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