Ruprecht Polenz, MdB, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the German Bundestag, met with members of the German Bundestag as well as with representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the main theses of his essay on the importance of a Turkish EU-membership (“Besser für beide – Die Türkei gehört in die EU”), which was recently published in the “Standpunkte” series of edition Körber-Stiftung.
Turkish membership, Polenz said, would enable the EU to make it plain for all to see that Europe’s views on the rule of law, human rights and democracy could be reconciled with Islam, and this would strengthen the “European Peace Project.” The EU would also profit from Turkish membership in geo-strategic terms. Turkish accession to the EU would make the influence of Europe far more pervasive throughout the Middle East. In the ensuing discussion the participants agreed with Polenz that European-Turkish relations would suffer if the membership negotiations entered the doldrums. Sluggish progress in this area could prompt Turkey to turn away from the EU in order to focus on other foreign policy partners.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.
- Political Background Discussion with Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey
- Political Breakfast with Murat Mercan, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
- 136th Bergedorf Round Table in Istanbul “Turkey as a Partner for European Foreign Policy in the Middle East”