Tensions Are Rising: The Challenging Relationship With Turkey
On Thursday, April 28, the Berlin office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted GMF Ankara Office Director Özgur Ünlühisarcıklı for an off-the-record discussion on political developments in Turkey from a domestic and foreign policy perspective.
A key theme was the recent agreement reached between the EU and Turkey and its implications for Turkey’s relationship with Europe. Can it be considered a step closer to accession, or is it merely transactional in nature? The participants, who were made up of the Berlin government and think tank community, engaged in a keen debate about the role of Germany in driving European relations with Turkey, emphasizing also Turkey’s strategic importance for Europe and in the transatlantic community.
Dr. Thomas Kurz, section head for Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Turkey at the German Federal Foreign Office acted as a respondent. Berlin’s office director Daniela Schwarzer moderated the event.