On November 9, 2016, the European Commission publishes its annual Progress Report on the status of the enlargement process with regard to Turkey, including an assessment of the country’s process of political reform. Meanwhile, Turkey has become a decisive partner for the European Union in handling the refugee crisis. What is the Progress Report’s evaluation? How can the EU exert influence on negative domestic developments in Turkey in the aftermath of the attempted coup in July 2016? What is the status of implementation of the EU–Turkey Agreement on refugees from March 2016, and to what degree has the EU put itself into a position of dependency?
Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Affairs
Dr Andreas Nick, MP
Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Turkey Rapporteur of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
Deputy Head of Turkey Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
Dr Günter Seufert
Senior Fellow, Research Division EU/Europe, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
The Brussels Briefing is organized by the DGAP’s Alfred von Oppenheim-Center for European Policy Studies. Dr Jana Puglierin, its Head of Program, will chair the discussion.