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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Turkey
Commitment to Social Democracy!
This has been the motto of the political education and advisory work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) since 1925.
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Promoting democracy and development world wide, contributing to peace and security, shaping a responsible globalised world, as well as supporting the enlargement and development of the European Union. These are the international aims of the work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
FES’s Turkey office has been promoting the cooperative dialogue of committed people and civil society organisations in both Germany and Turkey for almost twenty-five years. Read more...
“Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence at universities”, 5th of March
On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, the FES Turkey and the Women's Research Center at Istanbul University are jointly organizing a panel discussion about “Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence at universities”. Please find the program of the event, which will take place on the 5th of March 2014, here.
20th New Faces Conference on “Citizenship and Political Participation in the Mediterranean Region”
From 27th February to 2nd March 2014 the 20th New Faces Conference entitled “Citizenship and Political Participation in the Mediterranean Region” will take place in Istanbul. The conference will be jointly organized by FES Turkey, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Zeit-Stiftung.
Young Professionals from academia, politics, the media, the private sector, and civil society organizations will discuss current developments and debates around citizenship and political participation in the Mediterranean region. During the three-day conference participants from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Spain will present and debate their own papers, analyze changes in conceptions of citizenship in the Mediterranean region as well as opportunities and barriers of political participation and discuss in plenary sessions with experts visions for the future. This will enable cross-country comparisons and exchange of experiences, while establishing a network of young scholars and professionals from North Africa, Turkey, and the EU.
Successful start for the young leaders program “Genclerle Yeni Yollar Yeni Sürecler”
The first of 10 seminars was held in Istanbul from 15-16th February 2014. 20 young people from all over Turkey came to Istanbul to participate in a teambuilding-workshop, which enabled them to get to know each other and define a common ground for the cooperation during the upcoming months. Until April 2015 the students and young professionals will not only receive several skill-trainings and participate in seminars on political topics such as the values of social democracy or gender equality, but also develop their own projects.
Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014 – Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood
On 21 and 22 November Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is organizing the 2nd FES Inter-Regional Summit on Afghanistan in Istanbul. The conference is part of our regional project “Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014 – Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood”. Within the scope of this project, we set up policy groups in Afghanistan, Central Asia, India and Pakistan who are engaging in inter-regional Track II dialogues with experts from China, Iran, Russia and Turkey on aspects of peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan(further information here).
In two public panels we are discussing the perspectives of Germany, the United States and Turkey (please find the program here).
"Organization and Regulation of Employment Regulations in Transnational Production and Supply Networks"
This new report examines the implementation of Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) negotiated between transnational cooperations (TNCs) and the Global Union Federations (GUFs) in Turkey. It is now online and available for free. To view the PDF click here.
Turkey Analyses "Paving the Way for Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation: A Personal Account"
The new Turkey Analyses entitled "Paving the Way for Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation: A Personal Account" has been published and is available online for free. To view the PDF click here.
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Armenia-Turkey: To Speak, to Know Each Other, to Produce – Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform: Joint Projects, Experiences"
The Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform organizes in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey and Anadolu Kültür a film screening and panel discussion with participation of the directors Gülengül Altıntaş and Nigol Bezjian on 27th June in Izmir and on 28th June in Çanakkale. Please find the program for Izmir and Çanakkale as well as more details (in Turkish) here.
EU Conference in Istanbul
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized from 31st May–1st June in cooperation with SODEV, TÜSES, KÜYEREL and the Center for European Studies at Bilgi University a conference entitled "European Union – But How? Social Democratic – Leftist Perspectives on Europe". Experts from England, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Turkey looked at the presence and future of Europe from a leftist perspective. The panel discussion at noon, at which the leader of the German Social Democratic Party in Baden-Württemberg Nils Schmid held an opening speech, was followed by workshops. To view the program and some pictures please click.
Dr. Ernst Hillebrand Gives Lectures About "The Future of Social Democracy in Europe"
Dr. Ernst Hillebrand who is the head of division of the department for international political analysis of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin visited Ankara from 29 to 30 May 2013. During his stay he gave lectures on the topic of “The Future of Social Democracy in Europe”. Therefore, the FES in Ankara and the Sosyal Demokrasi Derneği (SDD) invited him to two panel discussions where he spoke with political advisors and members of parliament about this topic. Read more...
Experts Talk About "Gender Well-Being and Budgeting"
From 9th–10th May the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Istanbul Bilgi University hosted two events about "Gender Well-Being and Budgeting". In this context experts from Germany, Italy, Scotland and Turkey shared their experiences and also discussed possibilities for talking about gender sensitive issues, particularly on a local level. Please click here for more details.
Panel Event "Union Rights and Union Organizing"
On 25 March the FES Istanbul hosted in Istanbul in cooperation with the Global Union Federations UNI, IFT and IndustriALL a panel event on the issue of "Union Rights and Union Organizing". About 20 unions presented their campaigns in multinational enterprises and discussed their possibilities of joint actions for the set-up of a strategic supply-chain-management. After the press conference on 26 March the participants visited the picket line of the dismissed DHL workers to show their solidarity.
Delegations of the Federal States Visit Turkey
Representatives of several federal states of Germany visited Turkey and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the past weeks. Thorsten Schäfer- Gümbel who is the chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in Hesse came in the company of a delegation of the state parliament to Turkey to visit the country in the context of the partnership agreement between Hesse and Bursa. Nils Schmid who is vize prime minister of Baden-Württemberg visited Turkey together with a delegation of entrepreneurs at the end of March. The FES Turkey was actively involved in hosting both delegations and organized round table talks and panel discussions. Here you can find a current article which is also published in FES Info.
Sigmar Gabriel in Turkey
At the end of February the chairman of the SPD Sigmar Gabriel visited together with Hans Peter Bartels (MP and member of the committee of defense) within three days four places in Turkey. Along the way he attended talks with governmental representatives like president Gül, prime minister Erdoğan and the minister for EU affairs Bağiş. He also participated in meetings with the CHP and the BDP. Futhermore, Sigmar Gabriel visited a refugee camp in Kilis at the Syrian border and saw the Patriot unit of the German armed forces which is stationed in Kahramanmaras in the southeast of Turkey. His program was completed through meetings with aid organizations, political analysts and representatives of religious groups.
Presentation about "TEPAV" by Prof. Dr. Güven Sak
On April, 3 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ankara and the Sosyal Demokrat Dergi (SDD) hosted under the auspices of Dr. Aykan Erdemir a round table talk for young professionals working in politics, economy and academics. Highlight of the meeting was a presentation of Prof. Dr. Güven Sak who introduced the work of the independent “TEPAV” think tank which is one of the most influential economic reasearch institutes in Turkey. Read more...
Visit by an IG Metall Delegation
From 1-4th April a delegation of the IG Metall visited Istanbul and Bursa in order to get informed about trade unions in Turkey and recent trade union laws that were passed in the country. Facility visits at Bosch (Bursa) and Mercedes (Esenyurt/ Istanbul) provided a good opportunity to talk with the employees and to obtain information about trade union activities in the respective companies.
Papandreou Visited Istanbul
On March 2nd, 2013 the former Greek prime minister and chairman of the Socialist International Georgios Papandreou attended a major event of the FES in Istanbul and hold a speech about “The way of the Social Democracy Today and in the Future”. Read more...
FES Publication: Social State and Social Democracy
The Turkish translation of the publication “Social State and Social Democracy” is published and free available in the FES offices in Ankara and Istanbul. The book is the third one out of our series about social democracy which has been published by the Academy of social democracy. Read more...
Case Study: Trade Unions in Turkey
After the coup d’état in 1980 the Turkish trade unions were abolished. They never recovered completely from this incident. The deep ideological trenches, an extremely restrictive legislation and a small amount of organization are the characteristics of the trade unions’ weakness. In a study of the FES called “Trade Unions in Turkey” Demet S. Dinler analyzes the situation of the Turkish trade unions and gives recommendations about where the stengthening of the employees’ lobby could start. Read more...
Conference about Freedom of Press
On November 24th, 2012 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized a conference in cooperation with Umut Vakfı, Bianet and Europäischer Journalistenverband. Its topic was “Freedom of press andfreedom of speech in Turkey”. International guests and media professionals analyzed current developments in media and discussed how to prevent negative trends. You can find the program here.
Conference: "The World in Crisis"
Between 13th and 15th of June 2012 we organized in cooperation with the Middle East Technical University a conference reviewing "The World in Crisis". The main topics affected international relations. Inter alia the focus was on the following issues of international relations: Key players of the global crisis, security threats, global governing, intervention, international social movements, environmental problems and international law. You can find the program here
Conference: Local and Regional Governments in the New Constitution
One of the most important topics of the debate about the new Turkish constitution regards a discussion about the restructuring of the work-sharing between the regional governments and the central government. There are questions how the new constitution could improve the local government administrations and how this could affect the Kurdish issue. In this context the FES organized a conference on June 9, 2012 in cooperation with TESEV İyi Yönetişim Programı. You can find the program here.
Conference: Transborder Feminist Encounters
The women's organization Amargi invited feminists originating from eleven different countries and regions to a conference held in Istanbul from May 26th to 27th 2012. During the event the participants discussed the situation of women in each country as well as in the respective region. Other than from Turkey, the participants originated from countries that have attracted the attention of the global society for a while. Among those were Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, India, Northern Cyprus, Israel and Palestine. The shared motto and wish of the participants is the establishment of peace, meaning the end of warlike confrontations in the mentioned regions. Furthermore it was discussed how a women-friendly policy could be developed and established in order to achieve solidarity across national borders.
Here you can find the program and the poster of the conference.
More photos are available on our Facebook page.
Conference: Hrant Dink Memorial Workshops "New Forms of Social Resistance"
From 24th to 26th of May 2012 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted in cooperation with Sabancı Üniversitesi İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi, Hrant Dink Vakfı and Anadolu Kültür Vakfı a conference in Istanbul about the topic "New Forms of Social Resistance". Our international guests exchanged in different pannels their views, among others, about art and resistance, occupation as a form of resistance and public resistance against neoliberalism. You can find the program here.
Turkey’s Energy Policy One Year After Fukushima
On March 9th, 2013 a year after the dramatic nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a public conference about the future of the Turkish energy policy. Not just the developments of the atomic sector but also the potentials of renewable energies and implementation problems. You can find the program here.
Furthermore the book "Nükleer Enerjinin Sonu Mu?" (English: The End of Nuclear Energy?) was presented during the conference. It has been published by Nina Netzer and Jochen Steinhilber and presents the analyses of regional experts on the reactions on Fukushima in 13 countries. Read more...
The conference publication of the German-Turkish economic cooperation in March 2012 has been published in Antalya. The book is available at the AKVAM of Akdeniz University.
On 21 and 22 November Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is organizing the 2nd FES Inter-Regional Summit on Afghanistan in Istanbul. The conference is part of our regional project “Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014 – Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood”. Within the scope of this project, we set up policy groups in Afghanistan, Central Asia, India and Pakistan who are engaging in inter-regional Track II dialogues with experts from China, Iran, Russia and Turkey on aspects of peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan (further information here).
In two public panels we are discussing the perspectives of Germany, the United States and Turkey (please find the program here).