With a failed military coup in 2016 the EU-Turkey relationship reached a turning point: from accession talks back to the bazaar.

 

- What is best for the young generation in Turkey and in the European Union?

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Under IPA II, the European commission gives money to Turkey in a regular fashion with the stated goals of improving democracy and the rule of law. This round of aid has started in 2014, four years later Turkey is in a much worsened state with regard to these priorities (even though, in theory, 1,581.4bn EUR have been spend on Democracy and the Rule of Law). How can the EU keep it’s status as a serious force for democracy if we keep on financing Erdogan’s path to dictatorship? We should instead show that we are not afraid of dictators by cutting this money. As shown by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita in his book “The Dictator’s Handbook”, authoritarian regimes tend to fall or reform once their money supply is taken out. While, as stated by Mrs Ska Keller during the event at the EYE, I understand some of this money may go to societies that preserve democracy in Turkey, as she stated, a lot also goes towards infrastructure building and hence finances Erdogan’s regime. In my mind we should: 1) Stop the IPA II funding and freeze Turkey’s accession process until the regime shows to be turning towards democracy again. 2) Target Erdogan’s government and allies as well as Erdogan himself with travel bans and financial sanctions It is a fallacy to believe these moves would cause him to “flood us with migrants” as stated in the debate, if Erdogan did the migrants deal, it was for the money the EU promised him. As noted by Moody’s, the financing needs of Turkey are large and growing, even as the checks and balances are decreasing and corruption drains the funds more than it once did. Authoritarian leaders love to bluff about the grave consequences of angering them, but rarely follow through those promises of gloom and doom. When Erdogan downed Russia’s fighter jet, angry promises were quickly forgotten.
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Dear Friends, I am a young Cypriot living in the last divided capital city of Europe , Nicosia. I am inspired by the notions of peace, reconciliation and reunification. I hope one day to live peacefully in a reunited country with our turkish-cypriots brothers and sisters. Unfortunately Turkey has an authoritarian regime and an imperialist policy thus preventing our dreams come true. Therefore I call the EU , it's citizens and our turkish-cypriots fellow citizens to demand the termination of Turkey violation of international law taking place in my homeland since 1974 . This July 44 years of illegal occupation of the north part of the Cyprus Republic are completed. For the same reasons and because human rights shouldn't be a personal or national matter, I call all of us to demand the termination of human rights violations in Turkey and Syria. It's hypocritical ,from both sides, to continue the negotiations while the international and human rights law are flagrantly violated.

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I think the relationship between two sides should improved.But this shouldn't be just for one side.Europe has a huge multiculturalism and Turkey as well. There lots of different colors of life,cultures and ideas like in Europe.Turkey is a perfect country in terms of discovering culture and different ideas. I think this relationship between two sides can be improved by visiting Europe and Turkey and seeing each other closely.We should discover the other side bu seeing it , living it . One shouldn't shape her/his idea by listening what others say.Education also can be another strong tie between Europe and Turkey as well. ıf Turkey's young generation could find more chance to being educated in Europe ı think this would be a efficient way to know each other more ,learn about each other and improve the relationship between Europe and Turkey.

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Undoubtedly there would be benefits for both European and Turkish young generation if relationships between the two were closer. To begin with, that would the multiculturalism of Europe, as Turkey is a country with great culture. In addition, if students from European Union were given the chance to visit Turkey through, for instance, Erasmus programs and vice versa, apart from broadening of horizons. This would also symbolize a battle against conservatism. Furthermore, Turkish young generation would be given a chance in better education, quality of life and equality. As far as Europe is concerned, Turkey is a member of NATO, G-20 and the EEC and has a very strong geopolitical location. Therefore, the Criteria of Copenhagen might not be fulfilled, but it is worth considering a tightening of bonds, as quality of life for the European young generation can be improved. To conclude, young people should be raised in a “climate of objectivity” and not with prejudice.

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Madame,Monsieur, je suis Hassan djessy president du groupe les aiglons les etudiants africain vivant en turquie,Aujourd'hui economiquement et socialement la Turquie presente une certaine stabiliter par rapport a certains pays de l'union europeenne alors ma question est la suivante,pourquoi jusqu'a ce jour les negociations n'aboutisse pas? biensur en depit du coup d'etat de 2016.

Votes: 79

The most pressing problem we need to deal with at the moment is the Aegean sea conflict. There is an issue with Turkish state aggression in the area and we must do our utmost that this not become a war, but at the same time we cannot leave Greece to the methaphorical “sharks”. We must also understand the Turkish point of view and accept this fact: The law of th sea is unfair to Turkey which is why Turkey refuses to sign the treaty. Under the treaty Turkey would not be entitled to the 6km of EEZ that it should get even by the clauses of the treaty itself and Turkey’s fishing industry an other marine projects would greatly suffer if Turkey abided by the treaty. The treaty MUST be renegotiated in more fair terms. EU must condemn Turkish actions in Afrin region. EU should pursue a “special relationship” with Turkey, but unles the country fits the ascension criteria and manages to mend relations with member states I don’t see them becoming a member any time soon

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If we talk about Turkey as a state it is easy to define it. But if we talk about Turkish people it is very difficult to define them. Turkey is a huge multicultural country with so many minority groups and cultures. And not everybody gets perfectly along with each other. I just have to mention the Kurdish.Turkish conflict in some areas. It's the same about regions and geographic parts. Young people in Izmir and Istanbul will reply completely different to political questions if you ask them. And people in Gaziantep see the war in Syria with different eyes than people in Trabzon, just because they live next to it. In my opinion it is very important to improve relations and don't start a second EU vs. another region conflict e.g. the Russia case. It is very important that Turkey is not just the government but also the people. And we, as European citizens and representatives have our responsibility towards them. Maybe someone doesn't like the government, maybe someone doesn't like the way they deal with their past. But instead of accusing and punishing each other we should try to find a solution together. Find the dialogue, see and understand the turkish view and certain topics e.g. the Amnesty International case (representatives went to prison, Turkish governmental representatives don't want to collaborate with them anymore). Erasmus programs are already there, but relations should be fostered by offering/supporting special exchange programs e.g. the Turkish-German Youth exchange. The Turkish point of view should be neutrally represented and understood in Europe. Turkey is still the gateway for European citizens to the Middle East. I think everyone of us should first visit such a country before judging it. On the other side, we should be careful with who we collaborate. Education in Europe should not be given to Turkish-Muslim organizations as DITIB like in Germany without proving them. Collaboration should be limited to a certain level were Human Rights are still untouched. We cannot allow conflicts with other democratic representatives.

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Regarding Turkey, we should most certainly maintain a negotiable and somewhat calm relationship with Turkey. However, Turkey should not be welcomed as a member state until the leader is changed and their values change to be in accordance with the European Union's values. Turkey does not have the same values as the European Union, therefore, should not be considered to become a member state. The European Union has an obligation to protect it's member states therefore not bringing Turkey into the Union until their correct their ways is the best way to do that.
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Undoubtedly there would be benefits for both European and Turkish young generation if relationships between the two were closer. To begin with, that would the multiculturalism of Europe, as Turkey is a country with great culture. In addition, if students from European Union were given the chance to visit Turkey through, for instance, Erasmus programs and vice versa, apart from broadening of horizons. This would also symbolize a battle against conservatism. Furthermore, Turkish young generation would be given a chance in better education, quality of life and equality. As far as Europe is concerned, Turkey is a member of NATO, G-20 and the EEC and has a very strong geopolitical location. Therefore, the Criteria of Copenhagen might not be fulfilled, but it is worth considering a tightening of bonds, as quality of life for the European young generation can be improved. To conclude , young people should be raised in a “climate of objectivity” and not with prejudice.

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I must say that I am proud to be part of the EU as a Turkish citizen. I think Turkey is an inseparable part of the EU and the EU - Turkey relationship should never be finished. This will most likely affect younger generations. It should be remembered that Turkey is a cosmopolitan country and there are many citizens (especially young people) who deserve European standards. Multiculturalism and mutual assistance will benefit both sides. Both sides should not hesitate to step on. It is necessary to act more together. The development of Turkey and the EU in many ways depends on the continuity of this bilateral relationship.
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