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Conference Report: “New political challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU-V”

Due to their long-standing history, Germany and Turkey are not only connected by economic and political but also societal and cultural ties to this day. Taking a look back at the midst of the 20th century, the emergence of the European Community, later on the European Union, was of great influence for the development of their relations.

Recently, the relationship between Germany, EU and Turkey appeared at crossroads. Global trends, diverging policies, populism in election campaigns, but also common responses towards joint challenges evoked the emergence of a “conflictual partnership” that is classified by the simultaneous experience of contention and high-level cooperation.

Against this backdrop, the 2018 Conference “New Political Challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – V” was designed to approach this triangle of actors by assessing con-temporary and current political dynamics being of special importance for their long-term evolution. Academics junior researchers, professors, students, civil society mem-bers and practitioners from Germany and Turkey joined the event that took place in Is-tanbul on 18th May 2018, jointly organized by the University of Cologne (UoC) and the Turkish-German University (TAU) for the fifth time.

The conference was generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).