Op-Ed

Op-Ed 05 October 2016

New report recommends collective response in fight against jihadist radicalism

"In a recent report, the European Foundation for Democracy​ and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies ( ISPI​ ) analysed some of the key hotbeds of jihadist radicalisation, in a bid to better understand the root-causes, triggers and dynamics of the phenomenon, and to suggest strategies to counter it."...
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Op-Ed 16 June 2016

Can Turkey’s ‘Iron Lady’ thwart Erdogan’s game plan?

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek gives his opinion on the possibility of Turkish politician Meral Aksener taking over leadership of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party and thus threatening Erdogan’s plans of changing the current political system into an executive presidency....
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Op-Ed 15 June 2016

The fall-out from the Brussels terrorist attacks

EFD Visiting Fellow Pieter Van Ostaeyen gives his opinion on the next steps to take following the terrorist attacks on Brussels of March 22. These include "analysing the work carried out by security and intelligence forces nationally and transnationally, in order to properly determined were the weak spots were, along with re-evaluating integration policies in Europe, which have, to large extent, failed."...
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Op-Ed 03 May 2016

EU visa-liberalisation for Turks: just around the corner?

At the 18 March EU-Turkey Summit, EU leaders pledged to lift visa requirements for Turkish citizens travelling to the Schengen zone by the end of June 2016, if Ankara met the required 72 benchmarks....
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Op-Ed 17 February 2016

Countering Russian and Assad Regime Responses to Safe Zones

EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya examines what the West should do in order to establish safe zones at the Turkish-Syrian border....
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Op-Ed 16 July 2015

EU must strengthen eastern and southern neighbourhood in fight against radicalism

EFD Researcher Tommaso Virgili summarises the findings of an EFD publication on secularism in Azerbaijan and the threat of radicalisation in the region....
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Op-Ed 08 June 2015

Turkey votes – Part II: All shook up-A first assessment of Turkey’s post-election political landscape

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek and Amanda Paul, European Policy Centre (EPC) Senior Policy Analyst published a commentary on the recent Turkish electoral results of June 7....
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Op-Ed 03 June 2015

Turkey’s 7 June parliamentary elections – Part I – A pivotal moment for Turkey’s future

On 7 June, Turks will head to the polls to elect a new parliament. This election is a pivotal moment for Turkey’s future, with two battles being played out. EFD Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek and Amanda Paul of the European Policy Centre have released a commentary on the many facts of Turkey's parliamentary election....
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Op-Ed 02 March 2015

Internet “Freedom” in Turkey

Fundamental rights and freedoms in Turkey have been in decline for the last few years, including internet freedom, with Turkey hardly meeting the EU’s Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek and Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at the European POlicy Center, comment on the use of social media by the Turkish youth and on restrictions on internet freedom by the government....
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