Wednesday, 22. March 2017

Turkey before the constitutional referendum and its relations with Germany, the European Union, and the United States

Date, Time
Wednesday, 22. March 2017, 9:15 am
Organizer
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Büro Washington

By invitation only

Since the arrest of the Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel in Turkey and the cancellation of speeches of Turkish ministers in Germany, tensions between Berlin and Ankara have increased significantly in the past weeks. While Turkish President Erdogan has harshly criticized the German government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under domestic pressure due to the EU-Turkey deal to block the flow of refugees into Europe. There are already indications that Turkey's relations with the European Union will become an important campaign topic in Germany. What is the future of German-Turkish relations and how is the relationship discussed in Turkey? To what extent have the relations with Western states affected the political discourse in Turkey a few weeks before the constitutional referendum? And what is the future of Turkey-U.S. relations under the new administration?

 

These questions will be discussed during an expert roundtable discussion on Wednesday, March 22nd, 9.15-10.45 am at the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America. Kristian Brakel, Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Turkey, will analyze the discourse in Turkey via skype. Dr. Magdalena Kirchner, TAPIR fellow at the Rand Corporation, will be the first discussant. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Dominik Tolksdorf.