Research Stay at the Institute for European Politics

INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan will realize a research stay at the (218) 789-9713 in Berlin during June-September 2018 with the kind support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Throughout her stay Turhan will serve as a visiting researcher at the IEP where she will intensively focus on the normative consistency of the EU’s enlargement policy towards Turkey and Turkey’s issue-specific external differentiated integrated with the EU, which are research areas closely linked to the INSITER project. In this vein, the research stay at the IEP will positively contribute to the overall progression of the project and the research conducted within the framework of the INSITER while also enabling the dissemination of the existing project outputs within the German academic circles.

Paper Presentation at the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science

INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science, which was held between 21 and 25 July 2018 in Brisbane, Australia with the theme “Borders and Margins”. At the conference Turhan presented her paper titled “From Accession to Partnership? Normative Questions about the EU’s Enlargement Policy towards Turkey” at the panel “Differentiated Integration in the European Union – Consequences for Relations with Neighbours”.


On 19 June 2018 INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan hold a guest lecture titled “EU-Turkey Relations: State of Play, Future Prospects and Germany’s Role” at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) with the participation of more than 100 students. The interactive lecture that took more than two hours was convened and moderated by Prof. Dr. Johannes Varwick.

Conference on new political challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – 2018

INSITER realized in cooperation with the Center for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS), Turkish-German University Political Science and International Relations Department, Center for Migration and Integration at the Turkish-German University (TAGU) and German Academic Exchange Service DAAD an international symposium titled “New political challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – 2018” with the participation of more than hundred guests including academicians, representatives of non governmental organizations and students from different universities on 18th of May, 2018 at the Beykoz campus of the Turkish-German University.


The opening speeches of the symposium were given by the Rector of the Turkish-German University, Prof. Dr. Halil AKKANAT, faculty member of the University of Cologne and Vice-President of the German Consortium responsible for the foundation of the Turkish-German University Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WESSELS and Head of the Political Science and International Relations Department Prof. Dr. M. Murat ERDOĞAN. Following the opening speeches, the keynote speakers, Head of EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Christian BERGER and Deputy Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mehmet Kemal BOZBAY, gave their speeches during which they elaborated on the recent developments in relations between EU, Germany and Turkey.



Following the keynote speeches, the symposium has continued with the opening panel entitled “Introductory Panel: Present and Future of EU-Turkey Relations”. At the panel chaired by Prof. Dr. Hartmut MARHOLD (CIFE- Centre International de Formation Européenne), the present and future of EU-Turkey relations have been discussed by Prof. Dr. Sinem Akgül AÇIKMEŞE (Kadir Has University), Prof. Dr. Mathias JOPP (IEP- Institute for European Politics), Prof. Dr. Atila ERALP (METU, Istanbul Policy Center) and INSITER Coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru TURHAN (Turkish-German University). At the panel, it was emphasized that even though EU-Turkey relations periodically pursued a course of ups and downs, EU and Turkey needed each other mutually in view of joint interests and challenges. The panel also touched upon the future prospective institutional architecture of EU-Turkey relations.


In the second session moderated by Prof. Dr. Kai OPPERMANN (University of Sussex), the refugee crisis was discussed in view of the triangle “EU, Turkey and Germany”. In this session entitled “EU, Turkey, Germany Triangle in view of the Refugee Crisis”, Dr. Günter SEUFERT (SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Assoc. Prof. Deniz Şenol SERT (Özyeğin University) and Prof. Dr. M. Murat ERDOĞAN (Turkish-German University) made their presentations. At the panel, the effects of the existing refugee crisis on the EU member states, the challenges that Turkey faces with the Syrian refugee population and lastly the role of the readmission agreement between the EU and Turkey in solving the refugee crisis and its deficiencies were discussed.

At the last session of the symposium entitled “German-Turkish Diaspora Policies: Latest Trends and Impact on Bilateral Dialogue”, German-Turkish diaspora policies have been discussed. At this session chaired by Assoc. Prof. Thomas KRUMM (Turkish-German University), Prof. Dr. Ayhan KAYA (Bilgi University), Dr. Yaşar AYDIN (Evangelische Hochschule Hamburg) and Asst. Prof. Dr. Enes BAYRAKLI (Turkish-German University)  made their presentations. The policies of the governments of Turkey and Germany concerning Turkish immigrants in Germany have been discussed and the incompatible policies of the parties have been criticized. Furthermore, the impact of Islamophobia on the integration of Tukish immigrants has been examined.

Following the keynote speech of Mithat RENDE, member of the board of TSKB and retired former ambassador, about recent developments in energy policies within the scope of the relations between Turkey and EU, the symposium was finalised by closing remarks of the Head of Political Science and International Relations Department in Turkish-German University Prof. Dr. M. Murat ERDOĞAN,  INSITER Coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru TURHAN, faculty member Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz KURU and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WESSELS.

New Publication on External Differentiated Integration

INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan recently published an article titled “Avrupa Birliği’nin Üçüncü Ülkelerle Harici Farklılaştırılmış Entegrasyon Modelleri ve Türkiye-AB Ä°lişkilerinin Geleceği: Neoliberal Bir Yaklaşım” (Models of Differentiated Integration between the European Union and Third Countries and the Future
of Turkey–EU Relations: A Neoliberal Approach) in SİYASAL: Journal of Political Sciences (indexed in ESCI), Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 95-120.

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INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the 2018 Biennial Conference of the European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C) that took place during 9-11 May 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Turhan presented a paper titled “The Evolution of Extended External Differentiated Integration between Turkey and the EU: Causes, Functional Arrangements and Normative Challenges” at the panel “Nearby Tensions: Changes in EU relations with neighbouring states”.


On behalf of the Turkish-German University, the University of Cologne, the Jean Monnet Module INSITER- Inside the Turkey-EU Relations, Migration and Integration Research Center ( TAGU) and German Academic Exchange Service DAAD we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 5th Joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” on May 18, 2018. The conference takes place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (Beykoz) and will bring together scholars from Turkey and EU countries who are engaged in EU studies and Germany-Turkey relations.

The conference program foresees a welcome address and three thematic panels:

  • Present and Future of EU-Turkey Relations
  • EU, Turkey, Germany Triangle in view of the Refugee Crisis
  • German-Turkish Diaspora Policies: Latest Trends and Impact on Bilateral Dialogue

The final program can be downloaded by clicking  9896626964 In order to attend, please complete your registration by contacting 

INSITER Coordinator @ VIADUCT Annual Conference

INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the first annual conference  of the Erasmus+/Jean Monnet Academic Network “VIADUCT – Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation” that took place in Brussels on 26-27 April 2018. The conference was co-organised by the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Centre for Turkey and EU-Studies (CETEUS) of the University of Cologne. Turkish-German University serves as an official partner of the VIADUCT Jean Monnet Academic Network.

At the annual conference Turhan chaired the working group “PEOPLE”, which dealt with the key divers of and barriers to the functioning of the EU- Turkey Statement on the management of irregular migration.



INSITER Jean Monnet Module at the Turkish-German University together with the 844-598-5128 realized on 5 April 2018 a roundtable titled “Turkey-EU-Germany Relations at a Crossroads: What Future Awaits the Trio?” in Izmir, at the premises of the Yaşar University.

The roundtable was chaired by Prof. Dr. Aylin Güney, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the Yaşar University, and kicked off by the introductory remarks of Dr. Rainer Lassig, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Izmir. The first panelist, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Bürgin, Jean Monnet Chair at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Izmir University of Economics, discussed Germany’s role and evolving position within the EU in view of the multiple crises and the diverse constraints on German influence in the EU, and addressed Germany’s impact on EU-Turkey relations.

Dr. Ebru Turhan, INSITER Coordinator at the Turkish-German University, elaborated on the uniqueness of the critical crossroads the EU-Turkish dialogue has recently encountered and discussed Germany’s increasingly visible role as a key veto player in EU-Turkey relations. The final panelist of the roundtable, Dr. Ayselin Yıldız, UNESCO Chair on International Migration at the Yaşar University, disclosed the latest developments in Germany’s immigration and integration policies, their impact on German-Turkish relations and discussed Germany’s prospective role in the further evolution of the EU’s migration policy.

Around 60 academics, civil society representatives and students from various universities in the Izmir region participated in the roundtable.

New Roundtable: Turkey-EU-Germany Relations at a Crossroads: What Future Awaits the Trio?

On April 5, 2018, following the EU-Turkey Summit in Varna, INSITER together with the 5743396093 will organise a roundtable titled “Turkey-EU-Germany Relations at a Crossroads: What Future Awaits the Trio? “.

The roundtable will take place at 2:30 pm in the premises of the Yaşar University in Izmir and bring together academics, students and civil society representatives focusing on EU-Turkey-Germany dialogue.

The roundtable will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Aylin Güney (Yaşar University) and will include following speakers:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Bürgin (Izmir University of Economics)
Dr. Ebru Turhan (Turkish-German University / INSITER Coordinator)
Dr. Ayselin Yıldız (Yaşar University)