All Network April 2020

TM1: 2020

LEAP Project is providing teaching mobilities which you can find the details below.

  • Teaching Mobilities
  • 6 Universities from 5 Countries
  • 18 hours

Relations between Turkey and the EU

This seminar is designed to give an insight to the audience regarding the historical, political and legal vocation of Turkey in Europe with a particular emphasis on the preaccession and negotiation process. The course content includes an analysis of the historical background of the Turkey- EU relations, the impact of different factors stemming from Turkey, EU and international conjuncture on the relations. A particular objective of the seminar is to enable the audience understand the nature and content of the ongoing accession negotiations and the framework within which this process continues.

Suggested Readings:
  • Alpan, B. (2018), ‘Like a Candle in the Wind? Insights and Recommendations on the Turkish Accession to the EU’, in M. Kaeding, J. Pollak and Paul Schmidt (eds.), Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals, Switzerland: Palgrave, pp. 121-124
  • Baban, F. and F. Keyman (2008), ‘Turkey and Postnational Europe: Challenges for Cosmopolitan Political Community’, European Journal of Social Theory, 11:1, pp. 107–124
  • Keyder, Ç. (2006) ‘Moving in from the Margins: Turkey in Europe’, Diogenes, 210, pp.72-81
  • Rumelili, B. (2008), ‘Negotiating Europe: EU-Turkey Relations from an Identity Perspective’, Insight Turkey, 10: 1, pp. 97-110

The seminar aims to explain the dynamics of the process of enlargement by identifying the main actors and institutions involved and to examine Turkey-EU relations in a historical perspective by identifying the key milestones. In this respect, it contributes to the accumulation of knowledge of the EU integration, particularly with regard to the specific case of Turkey.

Enlarging Europe: The European Union and its Applicants

European integration is one of the most important political experiments in recent history. This seminar looks at the historical impetus for European integration and to the recent trends in this process, as well as its future prospects. It will examine the consequences of enlargement and deeper integration for the internal dynamics of the Union. However, the emphasis is on the impact that integration and the prospects of integration have on the potential member states and the countries bordering the Union. After providing a brief overview of the salient issues in the past enlargement rounds, furnishing the context for the study of current and future integration efforts, the seminar will also delve into the security and economic issues.

Suggested Readings:
  • Juncos, A. E. and N. P. Borragan (2016), ‘Enlargement’ in M. Cini and N.P. Borragan, European Union Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 227-240.
  • Barrell, R., J. Fitzgerald and R. Riley (2010), ‘EU Enlargement and Migration: Assessing the Macroeconomic Impact’, JCMS, 48 (2), pp. 373-395

The seminar foresees to raise awareness in terms of the complexities of and challenges against the EU integration from the perspective of the applicant states and to contribute to building knowledge on the EU integration.

The Challenges of Europeanisation in the CEECs

This seminar aims at providing theoretical outlook on the process of Europeanization with a particular emphasis on the Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time, it will look at different policy areas where Europeanization was substantial and will explore case studies of particular countries. The basic research question of the seminar will be delving into the question of how the countries of the Central did and Eastern Europe accede to the European Union by exploring the challenges they faced throughout the process.

Suggested Readings:
  • Frank Schimmelfennig (2010), ‘Europeanization beyond the member states’, ETH Zurich Paper for Zeitschrift für Staatsund Europawissenschaften, available at:
  • Sedelmeier, U. (2008) ‘After Conditionality: Post-accession Compliance with EU law in East Central Europe’, Journal of European Public Policy, 15:6, pp. 806-825

The impact of this seminar is envisaged to show how the Europeanisation process in the Central and Eastern Europe creates challenges and opportunities for the countries in question. Thus, the main impact of the research is on the enhancing awareness and building of knowledge on EU integration in general and Europeanisation in Central and Eastern Europe in particular.

The European Union and the State Building

Since the early 2000s, the EU has emerged as the primary actor in state building in the Western Balkans. Based on a dual strategy of state building and European integration, the EU has sought to replace other international organisations in the post-conflict reconstruction of the Western Balkans, the record of which has been mixed. This seminar aims to show that the EU’s approach has relied strongly on conditionality as a tool of state building in the region and will explore the challenges that is created by the incompetibility between the conditionality approach has been largely and the political elites’ own agenda in the region.

Suggested Readings:
  • Florian Bieber (2011) ‘Building Impossible States? State-Building Strategies and EU Membership in the Western Balkans’, Europe-Asia Studies, 63:10, pp. 1783-1802.

This seminar aims to show how the research on state-building strategies of the EU in the Western Balkans contributes to stimulating knowledge on the EU integration and enhances the visibility of scientific accumulation and academic activities in this field.

The EU and the South Caucasus

The EU enlargement had a historical significance for the states beyond geographic Europe. It showed, that in spite of initial scepticism, the EU have been inclined to incorporate countries further to the East, which have to prove their commitment to the shared values. This seminar will delve into the reasons why the South Caucasus is of a special importance for the EU and explore to what extent the EU relations with the Caucasus go beyond the objective determined in the ENP strategic documents. The role of Russia in this relationship will also be a focal point of the seminar.

Suggested Readings:
  • D. S. Siroky, A. J. Simmons and G. Gvalia (2017), ‘Vodka or Bourbon: Foreign Policy Preferences Toward Russia and the United States in Georgia’, Foreign Policy Analysis, 13:2, pp. 500–518.
  • L. Alieva (2006), ‘The EU and the South Caucasus’, CAP Discussion Paper, Bertelsmann Group for Policy Research, December 2006.

This seminar allows to better understand region-specific developments within the framework of the EU, which will have an important impact on EU integration research that needs to take into account specific developments on different regional policies and developments.

The EU’s Subnational Dimension

This seminar will explore the role of regions in the EU policy process concentrate mainly on policy formulation and implementation of regional funds as well as the formal role of subnational authorities in the implementation of EU regulatory policies, specifically in the transposition of directives. A particular attention will be directed to the theoretical framework of Europeanisation of regional policy especially in the Central and Eastern Europe and countries within the framework of ENP.

Suggested Readings:
  • Enrico Borghetto and Fabio Franchino (2010) ‘The role of subnational authorities in the implementation of EU directives’, Journal of European Public Policy, 17:6, pp. 759-780.

This seminar aims to show how we could make sense of the EU regional policy and implementation of regional funds, which would accelerate gathering information and enhancing knowledge on the EU integration.

Project Partners


Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union