Human rights violations in Turkey have increased in recent years. Activists face major obstacles in their work while being personally threatened by state institutions. Their efforts are often intentionally misinterpreted as “support for terrorist organisations” or as an action against the interests of Turkey.
Eingriffe in die Pressefreiheit, der Missbrauch von Anti-Terrorgesetzen zur Festnahme von Kritikern und der brutale Einsatz gegen die Kurden – es gab in jüngster Zeit viel zu kritisieren am Handeln des türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan und seines Premierministers Binali Yildirim. Und doch war, bei aller berechtigter Kritik, der versuchte Militärputsch am Freitagabend der falsche Ansatz, um die „verfassungsmäßige Ordnung wieder herzustellen“. Denn Demokratie, Menschenrechte und Rechtsstaatlichkeit stellt man nicht mit undemokratischen, unrechtsstaatlichen Mitteln her.
March 17 and 18: European leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are meeting in Brussels to confer about a new deal on an ambitious resettlement program to tackle illegal migration into the EU. In an interview with FNF Europe, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, assesses the chances of such an agreement and outlines how the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU will help Europe meet its current challenges.
Monday, 14 March 2016, 12.00-14.00 Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
Not long ago, the Turkish economy was booming and the country was converging with European Union values and its acquis communautaire. A major contributor to this success was the continuous engagement of civil society organizations in various spheres of Turkish society. Continue reading →
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
About the event
Working with Turkey has become more crucial than ever for the EU to stem the flows of migrants heading towards Europe. At the same time, there are strong critiques underlining the slowdown in Turkey’s reform process and backslide in freedom of expresion in Turkey.
How will the recently published Progress Report affect EU-Turkey relations? Can the EU and Turkey work together to manage the current refugee crisis?
We are looking forward to discussing new perspectives on Turkey-EU relations with you. Continue reading →