Call For Applications to the Turkey-Europe Future Forum 2017 

December 14, 2016 Call For Applications to the Turkey-Europe Future Forum 2017 


The Turkey Europe Future Forum offers young leaders from all sectors a unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills, discuss with experts from politics, civil society, economics and culture about current changes within Europe and Turkey. In addition they can build up a stong European-Turkish network.

Thank you very much for your interest. The application for 2017 Europe – Turkey Future Forum is now closed. The assessment process will be concluded at the end of March 2017.

Rising populism, anti-globalization movements, Brexit and declining support for democracies shape many political systems across the continent these days: Germany fears strong right wing parties in its general election year 2017. France, the Netherlands and Great Britain have populist politicians becoming stronger and stronger. Turkey is also going through turbulent times. And the EU as a whole is questioned within the cornerstone of its institutional framework. Democracy, for a long time be- lieved to be the most wanted and valued form of government, is coming under fire.

How can we encounter threats for democracies such as system changes, propaganda or populism? How do democracies cope with the era of “post-truth”, populist backlash accompanied by the decline of welfare safety-nets, shifting employment opportunities abroad and perceived threats from immi- grants? Which role do civil societies, political parties and the media play? Do the so-called negative impacts of globalization, accused of fueling populist discourses, change democratic systems towards illiberal democracies? Questions like these are at the core of the Forum 2017 for which we now call for applications.

The 3rd Turkey-Europe Future Forum will take place from July 2nd to 9th, 2017 in Izmir and Istanbul.

The objective of the eight-day Forum is to strengthen the ties between young leaders from Turkey and Europe with a view to leveraging European discourse and creating a network based on mutual trust. In workshops, lectures and intercultural trainings, the participants share their sector- and country-specific perspectives, guided by a team of internationally renowned Co-Deans: Ümit Boyner and Ruprecht Polenz will supervise the programme which is under the patronage of Federica Moghe- rini, High Representative of the European Union.

Application Requirements

  • Age between 28 and 38 years
  • At least two years of professional experience in the areas of politics, economic affairs,
  • administration, culture, media, academia or civil society
  • Excellent academic and professional qualifications
  • Turkish, German or EU citizenship
  • University degree
  • Very good command of English
  • Strong interest in this years’ topic

The costs of participating in the programme including travel, accommodation and subsist- ence expenses will be covered. The Turkey Europe Future Forum is organized by Mercator Pro- gram Center for International Affairs (MPC) in cooperation with TÜSİAD and funded by Stiftung Mer- cator.



Program Europe: Mercator Program Center for International Affairs (MPC) | Annkatrin Kaiser, [email protected] | T +49 201 365 782-15

Program Turkey: TCCI Coordinator & TÜSİAD EU Communication-Projects Department Head  | Nur Beler Levi, [email protected] | T +90 212 249 1929

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