Turkey-EU relations

Public Lecture: “Turkey-EU Relations: Can the Slowdown Be Reversed?” with Joost Lagendijk, Columnist for Turkish dailies Zaman and Today’s Zaman

IDIALOGUE Forum, December 3rd, 2013

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).

In 2013 he published, together with his wife Nevin Sungur, a book (in Dutch) on modern Turkey under the title The Turks Are Coming!.

From 2009 till 2012 Mr. Lagendijk worked as a senior adviser at the Istanbul Policy Center, the think tank of Sabanci University in Istanbul.


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