FNF has been actively working in Turkey with partners from civil society, academia, economy and politics since 1991, when we opened our office in Ankara. In 2002, we moved to Istanbul. Turkey is of crucial importance for Germany, Europe and the transatlantic cooperation due to its history, culture, economy, and geographical location. Therefore, FNF offers support to liberal-minded citizens and organizations in Turkey to promote liberal values in the society. This way, we strive to contribute to a liberal, democratic and prospering Turkey for all citizens.
Language Rights and Linguistic Pluralism in Turkey
This book is based on the papers presented by specialists from different countries at a workshop series titled “Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights”, organized by The Study Group on the Cultures of Turkey at Istanbul Bilgi University. It proposes to fill a substantial gap in Turkey about linguistic rights as an essential part of cultural plurality.
European Cities Network on Migration - Kick Off Roundtable Report
Migration is increasingly becoming a challenge for European integration. The so-called “crisis” is primarily a crisis of deficient migration management. Tailoring integration strategies to local contexts, while maintaining a coherent European approach is particularly challenging. In this report our experts lay the groundwork for European migratory policies on a local level and define action points for Turkey, Greece, Spain and Germany.
Defending LGBTI+ Rights in Turkey: “We are in the Same Storm but not in the Same Boat”
Turkey’s civic space has lately been shrinking due to the tense political climate and the deterioration of the democratic institutions. The ruling party is using its growing stranglehold on the country and represses civil society leaders, civil society actors, and organizations especially in the field of LGBTI+ rights. Follow the author examining Turkey's recent developments regarding LGBTI+ Rights and civil society.
Turkey’s Generation Z: “A product of society”
Opinion polls are popular in Turkey. The closer the date of an election, the higher the demand for the pollsters’ facts and figures . "Generation Z" is very much in the focus of attention. Can Selçuki of "Istanbul Ekonomi Araştırma" explains why.
„A Legitimate Fight for Democracy and Human Rights“
Students of the prestigious Bogazici University in Istanbul protesting for weeks against the appointment of pro-government rector Melih Bulu by Erdogan. The university is considered a "citadel of liberalism". The dispute is about much more than a personnel decision. We spoke to the liberal student and member of the new centrist DEVA party Deniz Karakullukcu about the current situation.
"Re-Start 2021: Let’s Catch Up and Celebrate the Year"
On 25 February, we, as the FNF Turkey Office, came together with our stakeholders, partners, alumni groups and wider network for our traditional new year event. The “Re-Start 2021: Let’s Catch up and Celebrate” was held online, which was not a regular digital meeting that you may realize. As we believe in the importance of innovation and creativity, we were eager to create a more intimate atmosphere for our guests.
Two deaths, hundreds of injuries, thousands of victims: Yet, no explanations
At least two refugees out of thousands -dreamt of passing the Pazarkule border crossing to reach Europe- died in February because of Turkey's refugee card, played against the EU. Hundreds were injured because of interferences on the border's Greek side. Waiting for days due to Turkey's exhortation and removed from the border when the pandemic began, most of the refugees had lost both their jobs and home when they returned to the cities where they came from.