Dutch Foreign Ministers on the future of Europe

The future of the European Union is a fashionable debate among politicians and academics with the European Parliament elections in sight, set for May 2014. However, there is a huge information gap amongst the general public – they do not know when the next EP elections are. On 11 December, 2013, the Hague Institute for…

President Viktor Yanukovich (Ukraine) and President Vladimir Putin (Russia)

Ukraine, Russia and the EU in the context of energy security

This article was first published in the Journal of Turkish Weekly, on December 10, 2013. JTW Interview, USAK Expert Hasan S. Özertem The demonstrations on Kiev’s main squareMaidan have been sparked by President Viktor Yanukovich declaring on November 21 that the Ukraine will suspend the negotiation of an association agreement with the European Union, under economic…

Euroscepticism

Euroscepticism: Causes and the need for a solution

In light of the European Parliament elections of 2014 and the expected gains of the far right – who are more inclined towards being eurosceptic than any other group – the motivations for people to favor the political right is analyzed. “What causes people to be eurosceptic?” is the question at hand. Support for the…

Knowledge of a foreign language in the EU25, 2006

Speaking other languages gives one a big comparative advantage over others, for instance in terms of labour mobility… As for the image below, the EU might be ‘together’ since 1957, but many of the people are not able to communicate with their fellow Union-citizens, due to language gaps. I have always been a strong advocate…

My book on Turkey’s Foreign Policy

My book on Turkey’s foreign policy Is Turkey a Bridge or a Threat? Turkey’s Relations with Iran and Relevant Perceptions of Turkey’s changing Foreign Policy Particularly the last decade has seen Turkey becoming a prominent international actor in the Middle East. It likes to see itself as a conflict-manager and speaks of a zero problem toward…