Dr. Ilke Toygür

Dr. Ilke Toygür


Research Division: Turkey/CATS
CATS Fellow

ilke.toyguer(at)swp-berlin.org

Since 01/2017 Analyst, European Affairs, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid

Since 01/2017 Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Carlos III University of Madrid

11/2015 – 11/2016 Mercator – IPC Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center

10/2011 – 11/2016, PhD in Political Science, Autonomous University of Madrid

09/2008 - 10/2010 European Affairs Analyst, Economic Development Foundation (IKV), Istanbul and Brussels

Areas of Expertise:

Turkey, Southern Europe, EU enlargement policy, EU institutions, European Union, Principles of European integration, Political system of the European Union, EU foreign policy, Transatlantic relations


SWP Publications (selection):

Sinem Adar, Ilke Toygür

Turkey, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean Crisis

Militarization of Foreign Policy and Power Rivalry

SWP Comment 2020/C 62, December 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C62

Sinem Adar, Nicola Bilotta, Aurélien Denizeau, Sinan Ekim, Dorothée Schmid, Günter Seufert, Ilke Toygür, Karol Wasilewski

Customs Union: Old Instrument, New Function in EU-Turkey Relations

SWP Comment 2020/C 48, October 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C48

External Publications (selection):

Ilke Toygür

Turkey and Spain: bilateral relations and the road ahead for Customs Union modernisation

This paper analyses the bilateral relationship between Turkey and Spain, with a specific focus on the current state of economic relations. It aims to examine the Spanish position on the modernisation of the Customs Union (CU) agreement with Turkey.

in: realinstitutoelcano.org, 29.09.2020
Ilke Toygür, Nicoletta Pirozzi, Funda Tekin

A plea for the German Presidency: invest boldly and smartly in the future of Europe

in: realinstitutoelcano.org, 30.06.2020

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Ilke Toygür

EU sets out to reset Turkey Relations

Ilke Toygür of the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies tells Brent Goff that she believes the Ankara talks are an indication that the EU is moving away from the idea of Turkey joining the EU.

Interview by Brent Goff, in: dw.com, 06.04.2021
Günter Seufert, Ilke Toygür

EU-Turkey relations: Between democracy and transactionalism

Following the European Council meeting last week which suggests a dual approach for Turkey-EU relations, William Noah Glucroft talks to Günter Seufert and Ilke Toygür about the most important issues that are confronting the EU-Turkey relations with a special focus on the next steps.

SWP Podcast 2021/eP 05, April 2021
Ilke Toygür

ABD, AB ve Türkiye ilişkileri & AKP Kongresi sonrası siyaset & TL’deki değer kaybı

Dördüncü Yol’un 51. bölümünde siyasetbilimciler Alphan Telek, Edgar Şar, Gülçin Karabağ, konukları akademisyen Dr. İlke Toygür ile Amerika Birleşik Devletleri (ABD), Avrupa Birliği (AB) ve Türkiye arasındaki ilişkilerin son durumunu, Merkez Bankası başkanı ataması ve bunun TL üzerindeki etkilerini ve son olarak Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) Kongresi ile bunun iç siyasete yansımalarını ele aldılar.

Moderated by Alphan Telek, Discussants: Edgar Şar, Gülçin Karabağ, Dr. İlke Toygür, in: medyascope.tv, 28.03.2021 (video)
Ilke Toygür

Turquía: La salida del Convenio Estambul

Con Ilke Toygur, investigadora del Real Instituto Elcano y profesora asociada en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, analizamos las implicaciones de la reciente decisión de Turquía de abandonar el Convenio de Estambul, sobre prevención y lucha contra la violencia contra las mujeres y la violencia doméstica. Según Toygur, el motivo de este abandono -el primero que se produce entre los firmantes- es un puro gesto hacia las facciones más conservadoras del gobierno de Recep Tayyip Erdogan. No obstante, Toygur explica que la mayoría de su electorado era contraria a la salida.

Interview by María Eulate, in: Radio Nacional Española, Cinco Continentes, rtve.es, 24.03.2021 (video)
Ilke Toygür

No Easy Reset: Time for Europe to Clarify Its Relationship with Turkey

After a rough period, Ankara is making overtures to Brussels. Ilke Toygür discusses the prospects, the need for the EU to clarify its own position, and the implications of the election of Joe Biden.

Point of View, 03.02.2021
Alan Makovsky, Ilke Toygür

New US President - Boost or Blow for EU's Tricky Ties with Turkey?

Damien McGuinness talks to Alan Makovsky and Ilke Toygür about what a Biden presidency means for EU-Turkey relations. Will it improve that rocky relationship? And what does the US expect from the EU?

SWP Podcast 2021/eP 01, January 2021

Media quotes (selection):

Değer Akal

AB-Türkiye hattında "şartlı iş birliği" sürecinin şifreleri

Erdoğan'ın AB liderleriyle bugün yapacağı görüşme ilişkilerde yeni döneme atılmış ilk adım olarak görülüyor. Uzmanlar "şartlı iş birliği" üzerine inşa edilen bu sürecin Türkiye için ne anlama geldiğini değerlendirdi.

in: dw.com, 06.04.2021
Diego Cupolo

Top EU officials seek improved ties, positive agenda in meeting with Erdogan

Focusing on economic cooperation, migration and human rights, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council chief Charles Michel sought to improve EU-Turkey ties during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on April 6.

in: al-monitor.com, 06.04.2021
Lluís Miquel Hurtado

Un puente español con Turquía para unir las orillas del Mediterráneo

La diplomacia española defiende un enfoque dialogante de la Unión Europea para resolver las tensiones entre los gobiernos turco, griego y chipriota.

in: elmundo.es, 13.02.2021
Raziye Akkoc

Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Ties between President Erdogan and EU leaders such as President Macron of France -- whom he last year told not to "mess" with Ankara -- have been badly strained in recent years

in: yahoo.com, 17.01.2021
Michael Peel, Laura Pitel

Erdogan's great game: The Turkish problem on the EU's door steps

in: ft.com, 11.01.2021

SWP Podcast

Günter Seufert, Ilke Toygür
EU-Turkey relations: Between democracy and transactionalism

Following the European Council meeting last week which suggests a dual approach for Turkey-EU relations, William Noah Glucroft talks to Günter Seufert and Ilke Toygür about the most important issues that are confronting the EU-Turkey relations with a special focus on the next steps.


Alan Makovsky, Ilke Toygür
New US President - Boost or Blow for EU's Tricky Ties with Turkey?

Damien McGuinness talks to Alan Makovsky and Ilke Toygür about what a Biden presidency means for EU-Turkey relations. Will it improve that rocky relationship? And what does the US expect from the EU?


SWP Research Papers

Sinem Adar, Günter Seufert
Turkey’s Presidential System after Two and a Half Years

An Overview of Institutions and Politics


Günter Seufert
Is the Fethullah Gülen Movement Overstretching Itself?

A Turkish Religious Community as a National and International Player