15 June 2015 18:30 to 21:00

The discussion:

Turkey and the UK both have complex and often troubled relations with the European Union. The causes are very different, but the challenges for both derive in part from their geographical locations on the European periphery; their sometimes ambiguous sense of European identity; and their possession of important non-European interests. Both countries have General Elections this spring. A priority for their new governments will be to develop policies towards the EU which reflect the election outcomes; which manage the challenges and opportunities which Europe presents; and which will guide their approach to the EU in the medium term.

Listen to, and question, two distinguished former foreign ministers with long experience at the forefront of their countries’ relationship with the EU and two well-known commentators on European affairs.

The panel:

Hikmet Çetin was Member of Parliament in Turkey between 1977 and 1999. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1978 t0 1979 and Foreign Minister from 1991 to 1994. He was the Speaker in Parliament from 1997 to 1999 and NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2006.

Jack Straw was Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. He was Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001 and Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He was Leader of the House of Commons from 2006 to 2007.

Soli Özel is Senior Lecturer in international relations at İstanbul Kadir Has University. He is also a columnist for the daily Habertürk and advisor to the chair of TÜSİAD, the Turkish equivalent of the CBI. He has taught at a number of universities abroad and is co-author of a monograph on Turkish-American relations.

Quentin Peel is a senior fellow at The Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs (Chatham House). A career journalist, his appointments at the Financial Times included bureau chief in Brussels (1984-87), Moscow (1988-91), and Berlin (2010-14). He was foreign editor 1994-98, and chief foreign affairs columnist from 1998-2008.

Sir David Logan (Panel Chair) is the Chairman of the British Institute at Ankara.



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