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Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law

Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law
Loureen Sayej

Loureen Sayej

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Palestinian national currently living in Washington D.C. I recently graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in International Relations and Human Rights. I work with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy on creating a the Institute’s international human rights framework for the Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI) program. Previously, I have worked with UN-Women, World Affairs Council, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, and more.
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Thousands of Turks streamed onto the streets in front of tanks in opposition of the coup leading to more than 240 dead and thousands injured. However, Erdogan’s response to the failed putsch was described by human rights organizations as an “affront to democracy,” referring to the torture, the ill-treatment, and the crackdown on the civil […]

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Turkish coup d’état: a failed test for the EU

Turkish coup d’état: a failed test for the EU
Marta Cioci
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Marta Cioci

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am currently enrolled in the MA in European Affairs programme at Sciences Po, Paris. Having graduated with a dissertation on the Ukrainian crisis from my BA Hons in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Westminster, London, I have developed an interest in EU relations with Russia. My research primarily focuses on EU governance, migration, geopolitics, issues of conflict solving, diplomacy, nuclear weapons. My interests are also ethno-nationalism, notions of mass obedience and group conformism, the concept of nation-state, and the 1930s totalitarianist regimes in Europe.
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Leaving apart the hypothesis of a fake coup d’état – which in absence of evidence remains a supposition as difficult to prove as probable – the EU should have strongly condemned the coup as soon as it occurred. The Union should have denounced what has been an attempt to overthrow a legitimate government which the […]

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Parody and freedom of expression – who decides what is funny?

Parody and freedom of expression – who decides what is funny?
Theresa Josephine Seipp

Theresa Josephine Seipp

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Theresa Josephine Seipp holds an LLB in International and European Law and an LLM in International Business Law with focus on Media and IP law.
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When we think of a parody, we think of a creative piece of work that makes us giggle. Since the 16th century the concept of parody is closely related to something that has comical effect. Still today, parodies are mocking a situation at someone’s expense. It is either intended to ridicule a person itself or […]

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The EU-Turkey Deal: Outsourcing Humanitarian Obligations

The EU-Turkey Deal: Outsourcing Humanitarian Obligations
Ays Sirakaya

Ays Sirakaya

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ays is currently working towards her PhD at Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Department of European Public and International Law. Her PhD topic concerns the legal protection of urban biodiversity. Ays also works as a consultant on biosafety regulations and WTO at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
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Author: Ays Sirakaya The action plan on refugees between the EU and Turkey was already signed back in November 2015, however, the route to implementation has been unclear until the 18th of March. The implementation plan consists of several key points, and, to some extent, all of them make one question the EU’s dedication to […]

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Closing the doors on refugees; who will be our brothers’ keeper?

Closing the doors on refugees; who will be our brothers’ keeper?
Beatrice Mumbi

Beatrice Mumbi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Kenyan national currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration. I am currently working with an international refugee-serving organization Kenya as the regional advocacy officer covering five countries in Eastern Africa. Previously, I have worked with organizations promoting human rights and civil society development both in Kenya and in the islands of the South Pacific (Vanuatu and Fiji). My interests include democratization in Africa, African foreign policies, immigration and asylum policies and sustainable development.
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Author: Beatrice Mumbi By refusing to take in asylum seekers, the EU has sent a message to other states that political expediency is a justification for contravention of obligations imposed by international law. And by choosing Turkey a country whose human rights record is wanting, the EU is exposing the asylum seekers’ to abuses and […]

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Turkey: Who’s the enemy?

Turkey: Who’s the enemy?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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Author: Gianna Merki There are two main reasons why the EU should take a stronger stance on this situation and encourage Turkey to resolve its internal issues by reconsidering its relations with the Kurdish minority and even with the PKK. Firstly, as a candidate for joining the EU, it needs to achieve stability and be […]

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Error 404, Responsibility not found: EU-Turkey deal on migration

Error 404, Responsibility not found: EU-Turkey deal on migration
Alex Oancea

Alex Oancea

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Alex obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations in Bucharest, and has recently graduated from a Master’s programme at University of Amsterdam where his main focus was EU’s external migration policy. Momentarily he is enrolled in another Master track that deals with gender studies and human rights issues. In the professional realm; he is a research assistant at Amsterdam’s Institute for Social Science Research, being involved in a project related to medical anthropology. Moreover, since he is passionate about migration issues, he worked for a brief period of time for Romania’s General Inspectorate for Immigration (Asylum and Integration Directorate)and as a (volunteer) lecturer for ARCA - Romanian Forum of Refugees and Migrants, teaching grammar and history. He is co-author of the book ”A grain of thought”, succinctly analyzing perceptions and issues surrounding the right to vote in Romania.
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Author: Alex Oancea As you may know, the recent EU-Turkey meeting from the 29th of November regarding the ubiquitous issue of migration has sparked a great deal of controversy, both outside and within the EU itself. Justifications for the agreement are overflowing and if you are not accustomed to EU politics, it can be quite […]

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