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FEUTURE: The Future of EU-Turkey Relations

The EU and Turkey face mounting challenges both in relation to one another and internationally. The EU has recently been confronted with a series of crises, e.g. in the economic and migration dimensions. These developments as well as the Brexit-question are likely to make differentiation a growing phenomenon. On the other hand, Turkey faces polarisation between different political forces, the state and civil society. The neighbourhood is unravelling to the east and south and a power shift is under way at global level. This questions the regional roles of Turkey and the EU.

Against this backdrop, FEUTURE’s research aims to: 

  • map the dynamics of EU-Turkey relations as to underlying narratives and thematic drivers; 
  • substantiate most likely future scenario(s) and assess its implications; 
  • draw policy recommendations. 

FEUTURE is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, Director of the Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies at the University of Cologne and Dr. Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome. The FEUTURE consortium consists of 15 renowned universities and think tanks from the EU, Turkey and the neighbourhood.

For further information visit the project's website or contact the Project Director Dr. Funda Tekin and Project and Financial Manager Darius Ribbe at the FEUTURE Coordination Office.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 692976.