Experimenting “Bottom-up Europeanization”: EU’s support to civil society development in Enlargement countries

Experimenting “Bottom-up Europeanization”: EU’s support to civil society development in Enlargement countries

May 2015

The democratic deficit  and inefficiency of public policy making are  common issues in the global level, which has been widely addressed over time, and that the participation of civil society in policy processes represents the solution to overcome such problems. Civil society as a concept constitutes an important place in the European political and normative...

The European Elections and Social Democracy

The European Elections and Social Democracy

May 2014

Each month, 700 deputies travel from Brussels to Strasbourg. 8 trucks filled with files are carried all the way from Brussels to Strasbourg. This burocratic irrationality is caused by the attitude of France. Though we are facing a parliament who even has difficulties to decide where to meet, the European deputies claim to have improved their impact and force in...

The EU is back: Copenhagen Criteria Reloaded

The EU is back: Copenhagen Criteria Reloaded

May 2014

International scrutiny of Turkey’s government on issues such as human rights, personal freedoms and liberties and rule of law has a long history. Amnesty International documented applications of torture to political detainees associated with the coup d’état as early as 1971. In the following decades, Europe started to play an important part in the...

AKP’s Tactical Moves and the Need for the EU To Be Aware

AKP’s Tactical Moves and the Need for the EU To Be Aware

October 2012

The EU has started to forgo its optimum bias after the congnitive mechanism it has internalized for a longtime regarding AKP.

Projects: The Only Solid Cooperation Between Turkey and the EU

Projects: The Only Solid Cooperation Between Turkey and the EU

October 2012

Despite the number of bottlenecks, project activities with financial packages continue to be the main bridge between the EU and Turkey.

The EU and Turkish Women: What Do the Numbers Say? What Does the EU Do?

The EU and Turkish Women: What Do the Numbers Say? What Does the EU Do?

July 2012

Although the international agreements signed by the Turkish Government impose the responsibility on Turkey to pursue policies and laws strengthening gender equality, the Government seems very reluctant to pursue EU standards.

CHP’s New European Perspectives

CHP’s New European  Perspectives

May 2012

Turkey's left-wing CHP and EU social democrats are set to ameliorate their relationship. Mutual effort is key for success.

EU Must Decide Now on Turkey

EU Must Decide Now on Turkey

May 2012

Historically, European political traditions have based their assessment of Turkey on two distinct ideological differences.

The Misuse of the EU Accession Process and Civil Society

The Misuse of the EU Accession Process and Civil Society

April 2012

Though historically used as an instrument to maintain power, EU accession process has founf new avenues of political pursuits under Erdogan's leadership.

The Social Policy Landscape of Turkey

The Social Policy Landscape of Turkey

April 2012

AKP's lack of commitment to reform Turkey's social policies in accordance with EU deepens the threat on the country's workforce.

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