Project Description

A project by the Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne in cooperation with the Center for European Studies at Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

Turkey and Europe share a long history. During the decades following the founding of the Turkish Republic, Turkey became a member of the Council of Europe as well as NATO, and also signed an association agreement with the then European Economic Community (EEC). In this context, German-Turkish relations have always had a significant impact on European-Turkish relations, as Ankara and Berlin are closely associated with each other through close trade relations and the high number of people of Turkish origin living in Germany. But Turkey plays a crucial role for the EU, too. With regard to multiple policy areas such as migration, foreign and security policy, energy, and economics, Ankara has become an important strategic partner. Hence, in times of rapid change within the Turkish political system, in Brussels as well as in Berlin uncertainty dominates the political discourse on future perspectives on EU/German-Turkish relations.

The research project TRIANGLE, a cooperation between the Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne and the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, therefore, scrutinizes EU/German-Turkish relations. By adopting a distinct academic approach, the relationship's institutional architecture as well as the dominant narratives shall be assessed. The aim of this comprehensive analysis is to identify possible turning points – a "Blickwechsel" - that might sustainably change the EU/German-Turkish relationship.

The objective of the project is to convey a differentiated and refined picture of Turkey to the public and to point out possible scenarios of EU/German-Turkish relations. During the project's three-year duration, TRIANGLE will continuously provide current information, assessment, and research results via its homepage and social media. Additionally, TRIANGLE will support young researchers and organise events in order to induce public discourse on the issue of EU/German-Turkish relations.



Dr. Funda Tekin
Universität zu Köln, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Jean Monnet Lehrstuhl (JML) // Centrum für Türkei und EU Studien (CETEUS)

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