Joost Lagendijk is a columnist for the Turkish dailies Zaman and Today’s Zaman. He was born in the Netherlands and graduated as a historian from Utrecht University. He was a publisher of magazines and non-fiction books for ten years. From 1998 till 2009 Mr. Lagendijk was a Member of the European Parliament (EP) for the Dutch Green Left Party. In the parliament he mainly worked on foreign policy and EU enlargement. For many years he was the chairman of the Turkey Delegation of the EP and the rapporteur for the parliament on the Balkans and Kosovo.
Together with his colleague from the EP Jan Marinus Wiersma, Mr. Lagendijk wrote three books (in Dutch), on the borders of Europe, on the foreign policy strategies of the US and the EU and on European policy towards its Muslim neighbours (translated into English and Turkish).
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