Participation of Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, in the debate “Rationalizing Turkey-EU Relations”, Istanbul, 18 January 2018
Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, attended the debate “Rationalizing Turkey-EU Relations” organized by the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research, on 18 January 2018 in Istanbul.
The issue of the present and future relations between Turkey and EU was debated under the moderation of the SETA European Studies Director Enes Bayrakli and with the attendance of the SETA Istanbul General Coordinator Professor Fahrettin Altun, Professor Beril Dedeoglu (Galatasaray University), Professor Aylin Unver Noi (Istinye University) and Journalist Belkis Kilickaya.
According to the panelists' opinion, the last 15 years, the relations between Turkey and the European Union have been undulating. Relations that saw improvement between 2002 and 2005 reached a breaking-point in 2013 following the EU’s position to events in Turkey such as the Gezi Park riots and the December 17-25 judicial coup attempt conducted by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Developments that occurred after 2015 further deepened the complexity in relations. In addition, Germany’s increasing power within the EU and attempts to influence other member states to act within an anti-Turkey framework has also remained a major issue in bilateral relations.