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VIADUCT

The European Centre @ POLIS is a partner in the VIADUCT Jean Monnet Network, coordinated by Prof Wolfgang Wessels and Dr Funda Tekin at CETEUS, University of Cologne. Its aim is to analyse the future of EU-Turkey relations. The Jean Monnet Network is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Enhancing VIsibility of the Academic DialogUe on EU-Turkey CooperaTion (VIADUCT)

VIADUCTCoordinated by Prof Wolfgang Wessels and Dr Funda Tekin at CETEUS, University of Cologne, the Jean Monnet Network VIADUCT was launched on 1 September 2017 and will run for a period of three years till 31 August 2020. It was selected for funding from among a field of more than 320 applications submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.

Following an intergenerational, interdisciplinary, international and intertemporal approach, VIADUCT represents a network of 40 partners and one extended network partner from all EU countries, Turkey as well as from Egypt, Georgia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Norway, and Switzerland.

VIADUCT's general objective is fostering substantiate academic and policy dialogue as well as building knowledge on EU-Turkey relations as a 'moving target'. To this end it aims at improving and enhancing teaching and research on this topic. VIADUCT's target groups are academics, students and practitioners, together with the wider public and civil society.

To research and analyse the future of EU-Turkey relations, VIADUCT identifies four possible scenarios:

(1) Managing the fragile status quo – this would imply that the EU and Turkey try to preserve their relationship despite Turkey becoming an increasingly autocratic presidential system, the EU's pre-occupation with BREXIT negotiations and persisting conflicts in the neighbourhood.

(2) Extending and upgrading existing forms of cooperation such as the Customs Union and refugee deal – this would be facilitated by increased differentiated integration of the EU in the wake of 'Brexit'.

(3) Reactivation of the accession process – although currently a highly unlikely scenario in light of the dissolution of democratic values in Turkey, the unresolved Cyprus conflict and a general stagnation in the EU's enlargement process, it cannot be neglected in academic discussion.

(4) Dealing with a difficult or even hostile neighbour – this would imply a conflict scenario, i.e. relations between the EU and Turkey could be driven by growing estrangement which might even preclude any forms of flexible cooperation.

Further information, including a finalised timetable, will be available at the project's website from the end of November 2017 onwards. For questions, please contact VIADUCT's Project and Financial Manager at the coordination office in Cologne.

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Nov 30, 2018

Finishing the year with another highlight, the European Centre invites you to a debate with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) and Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent) on Friday, 14 December, at 3pm. Together with our very own Geoffrey Edwards, they will discuss the future of EU-UK relations in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The event will take place in room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. All welcome.

'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' by Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria)

Nov 28, 2018

Join us for your next European Centre event on Thursday, 29 November 2018, at 1pm. Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria) will speak on 'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' The event will be held in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Talk: 'Facing the Pressures of Internationalisation and Securitisation: National Governments as the Weaker Actors?' by Tomas Weiss (Charles University Prague)

Oct 30, 2018

You are warmly invited to the next European Seminar, which will be held in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, at 5pm on Thursday 1st November. Dr Tomáš Weiss (Charles University Prague) will speak on ‘Facing the Pressures of Internationalisation and Securitisation: National Governments as the Weaker Actors?’

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