This is a two dimensional project that aims on one hand to increase awareness of political challenges Europe is going through in 21st century and their impact on Turkey-EU relations. On the other hand, it intends to locate Turkish political parties and party system among their European counterparts and provide scientific information to interested bodies in Europe. The main purpose is to underline the importance of changes in electoral politics both in Europe and in Turkey.
Ilke Toygür holds a PhD degree in Political Science from Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Department of Political Science and International Relations. Right before completing her PhD, she was granted “Mercator-IPC Fellowship” in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. She also received an MA degree in Political Science from the “Democracy and Government” program of the UAM, as well as an MA degree in Economics from Sabancı University, Istanbul, and a BA in Economics from Hacettepe University, Ankara. Her main research areas include: European integration, Euroscepticism and populism, political parties and elections in Western Europe, elections in the European Parliament and Turkey-EU relations. Prior to her enrolment in the PhD program, she worked for more than two years in the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), a think tank focusing on the European Union and Turkey-EU relations.