​BREAKFAST TALK 28: ​Democracy and Anatolia , SELÇUK GÜLTAŞLI, Zaman daily’s Brussels Representative ​​

BREAKFAST TALK 28
Democracy and Anatolia

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Zaman daily’s Brussels Representative​​

SELÇUK GÜLTAŞLI

Date: May 10, Sunday

Time: 10.00 – 13.00

Venue: Fedactio (Rue des Palais 27 – 5 Bruxelles 1030)

Price: 8€

Lecturer: Journalist Selçuk Gültaşlı

Language: Turkish

 

Turkey has a history of 200 years of democratization. However, since democracy, by its nature, is a process rather than a conclusion, its goals are never to be done away with. This process includes obstacles, fights, steps forward, steps back; and so does Turkey’s. Yet the key point is to never abandon the path to democracy. In order to discuss this path lying before Turkey, recent course of events, cornerstones of democracy and core democratic values’ counterparts in the Anatolian culture, Selçuk Gültaşlı, the Brussels representative of Turkey’s highest circulating newspaper, Zaman, will be the guest speaker of the 28thBreakfast Talk. We kindly invite you and your friends to join us for a day of thought-provoking discussion organized by EPN and Golden Rose.

 

Programme:

10:00-10:30    Registration
10:30-11:30    Open buffet breakfast
11:40-12:30    Talk with Selçuk Gültaşlı
12:30-13:00    Q&A

 

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Selçuk Gültaşlı

Born in Ankara in 1969, Gültaşlı obtained undergraduate degree at Boğaziçi University’s International Relations and graduate degree at Leuven University’s European Studies. He, later, started working at the Zaman daily’s Ankara office as a diplomacy correspondent in 1995. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked as the diplomacy editor of the Turkish Daily news, the only English newspaper of Turkey at the time. Since then, he has been Brussels representative of the Zaman daily. Also since 2008, Gültaşlı has been hosting the TV program “European Desk” on the Samanyolu Haber TV channel.

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Report of the event

Following an intimate breakfast time on May 10, Sunday, Selçuk Gültaşlı, a veteran journalist covering European politics for the Zaman newspaper, started his talk on “Democracy and Anatolia”. Giving a brief introduction about the history of the development of democracy in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey founded afterwards, Gültaşlı noted that elections took place during the Ottoman rule, but still, there was no “genuine democracy” until the multi-party elections in 1946. And since then, the democratic experience of Turkey has been rather challenging, he added. According to Gültaşlı, democracy is perhaps the most complex and difficult of all forms of government; it is a system of rule by laws, not individual and the exercise of political power must respect these laws as well as the free will of the people, he underlined. The talk ended with some thought-provoking questions from the attendees.

 

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BREAKFAST TALKS 2​7​: Belgian Groen Party Leader MEYREM ALMACI​ Life story, Political Career and Success Tips

21 March 2015 10:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

BREAKFAST TALKS 27

Belgian Groen Party Leader: MEYREM ALMACI

Life story, Political Career and Success Tips

 

European Professionals Network (EPN) and Golden Rose will proudly host Flemish Groen Party Leader Meyrem Almaci as guest speaker at the 27th Breakfast Talk. Having actively being involved in the Groen, Belgium’s Flemish-speaking Green party steadily increasing its share of votes with successful environmental and social policies, for a considerable length of time, Almaci is the first person of Turkish origin to become the leader of a political party in Belgium. You are kindly invited to this talk in which the Groen leader will share her success story, political career and success tips following an open-buffet breakfast.

 

Program

10:00-10:30 Registration

10:30-11:30 Open Buffet Breakfast

11:40-12:30 Talk

12:30-13:00 Q&A Session

 

Brief Biography of Almaci

Born in Belgium in 1976, Meyrem Almaci has obtained master’s degree in comparative cultural science at Ghent University.In 2000, she founded the Agalev section Sint-Gillis-Waas and became councillor in the same year. She has taken part in research projects about migrants’ educational success at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

In 2006, she moved to Berchem where she has become the district councillor. On 10 June 2007, Almaci was elected into the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and she has been the leader of Groen!

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Report of the Event

Belgian Groen Party Head Meyrem Almaci made an inspiring talk on her life story, how she made her journey to becoming the leader of a political party that garners an increasing share of support for its environmental and social policies at the 27th Breakfast Talk on March 21, 2015. Almaci said Belgians of Turkish origin are often encouraged to pursue vocational education and training, but she fought her way to graduating from a university. Perseverance and working hard have been the key elements for her success, she underlined. Almaci also noted that her family and the community she grew up in have been the driving force behind her rise to the position she has now. “As citizens of non-Belgian origin, we also have the responsibility of contributing to our country. My aim is to bring positive changes to the country and community I live in. I disagree with the idea ‘the duty of the opposition is to oppose.’ We all should make contributions and solution suggestions,” the Groen leader stated. For those who wish to pursue career in politics, Almaci suggested asking themselves the questions of ‘What do I want to change in the society?’ and ‘Which political party do I feel close to?’.

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EPN SEMINAR: The Belgian Social Law

25 February 2015 19:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

Seminar : The Belgian Social Law

Abstract :

European Professionals Network (EPN) organizes a seminar about ‘The Belgian Social Law’. This seminar aims at giving basisof social law to young professionals and it’s essentially based on the law of 3th July 1978 related to contracts of employment. The social law supports the integration of professionals by having good working conditions.

This project doesn’t want to develop an overall legislation. Its aim is to focus on the young professionals’ needs. For instance; how many days off could they take? What does the probation periodmean? These and many other questions which will be answered during this seminar.

The social legislation is divided into three components : the labour legislation, the employments regulations and the social security. To be more effective, the seminar will focus only on the first two points.

The first chapter on the labor legislation will provide a clear view and understanding of key concepts. At first, we will stress necessary elements of the labour regulation. In other words, it will define: 

– employment contract, employment, salary, link of subordination;

– permanent employment contract, fixed-term contract, part time job, full time job.

Then, the seminar will study the probation period which refers to the period allowing employers and employees to appreciate the qualities of employee for the first one and the qualities of the job for the second one. Another topic of discussion will be employer’s duty and its liability but also employee’s duty. In that way, young professionals will understandtheir rights towards their employer as well as their responsibilities.Finally, the case of employees suspending or putting an end to the contract employment will be highlighted.  

In the second chapter, we will explain briefly the employments regulations by dealing with the social documents, the working time, the regulation of holiday. Indeed, the understanding of these concepts is necessary when starting a job.

At the end of this seminar, young professionals will be able to understand their rights according the law of 3th July 1978 related to contracts of employment. They will be also able to introduce an appeal in case of violation of their rights. 

 

Siham Lechkar

Born in Brussels, Siham earned a Bachelor degree in Law at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EPHEC). In 2014 she graduated at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and at Université Saint-Louis (FUSL) with a Master degree in European Studies. Siham is particularly interested in the Euro-Arabic relations. Her Master thesis discussed “Les migrations maghrébines à l’épreuve des ‘Printemps arabes’. Etude de cas: Tunisie, Maroc, Algérie”. Siham is also interested in the political situation of the Middle East. During her academic career she had the opportunity to write several short articles about the Arab spring. At the same time, Siham worked as a volunteer for Intal, a Brussels-based association that aims at promoting human rights in developing countries. She had an active role in programming and planning activities across Belgium. As she became further passionate about human rights, in 2014 she started to work for Amnesty International.

Siham joined EPN in December 2014 as EU Project and Communication Manager. She speaks fluent French, English, Arabic and she has basic knowledge of Dutch and Spanish.

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 Report of the event

On the 25th February 2015, EPN and For Youth hosted Mrs Siham Lechkar to talk about the Belgian Social Law. Following a pleasant drink during which members took the chance of chatting with one another, Siham Lechkar began her presentation by explaining the component of Social Law and highlighted the main difference between the right to work and the right to social security. Then, she explained to us the legislation on 3rd July 1978 related to the employee working contract. She stressed the rights and duties of employers and employees, for instance how they can suspend or cancel the contract according the legislation.

She further noted that the 2014 reform doesn’t bring a lot of changes in practice but nevertheless represents a big step forward by questioning the worker and employee status. Finally, she opened a debate and let people expressed their feelings vis-à-vis the 2014 reform.

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BREAKFAST TALKS 26: Prof. Dr. Niyazi Oktem, Dimensions of freedom of faith and freedom of expression

22 February 2015 10:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

BREAKFAST TALKS 26

Role of faiths in restoring peace & Dimensions of freedom of faith and freedom of expression

Author and Academic Prof. Niyazi Oktem

Although almost all the faiths of the world essentially share the values of peace and tolerance, they are often viewed as inherently related to violence and leading people to conflict rather than peace. This superficial association between faith and violence has been once again brought to people’s attention in the aftermath of the hideous assault on Charlie Hebdo last month, revealing the fact that unless faiths are seen as part of the solution, they will continue to be seen as part of the problem. But what kind of a role should faiths undertake on the road to peace? Is the freedom of faith being applied effectively and fairly? At the 26th Breakfast Talk organized by European Professionals Network (EPN) and Golden Rose, the guest lecturer Prof. Niyazi Oktem will share his insights and studies about the topic and will answer the questions of the participants. We kindly invite you and your friends to this thought-provoking talk followed by an open buffet breakfast.

 

Program

10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:30 Open Buffet Breakfast
11:40-12:30 Talk
12:30-13:00 Q&A Session

 
Brief Biography of Oktem

Born in Elazig in 1944, Niyazi Oktem is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Fatih University. Graduating from the Galatasaray High School in 1964 and then the Law Faculty of Istanbul University in 1971, Oktem became a professor in 1988. He taught Public Law, Philosophy of Law and Sociology of Law in the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University, Istanbul Bilgi University and Dogus University respectively. The Turkish academic was named to the Legion d’Honneur, a distinction rarely granted to foreigners, by the Palmes Academiques in France. He is president of the Intercultural Dialogue Platform, the most prominent inter-faith organisation in Turkey.

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Report of the event

 EPN and Golden Rose were proud to host Prof. Niyazi Oktem as guest lecturer at the 26th Breakfast Talk at Fedactio on Feb. 22, 2015. Oktem, whose areas of specialization include law ethics, sociology of religion and inter-faith dialogue, discussed the role of faiths in restoring world peace and dimensions of freedom of faith and freedom of expression following a delightful breakfast time. The professor indicated to a lack of understanding between people as the main reason of the strife among countries in the world. And understanding one another is possible through dialogue and learning more about other people and religions; we are seeing today that true believers and true democrats can come together and embrace one another, he added. The talk was concluded with the idea that faith leads to world peace only if it is combined with education.

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EPN SEMINAR: A Holistic Leadership Formula For Success , Interactive Speech by Martina Violetta Jung

11 February 2015 19:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

EPN SEMINAR

“A Holistic Leadership Formula For Success

Martina Violetta Jung

 

Do you feel threatened by a world where more people demand a fair share of the global cake and your piece seems to become smaller every day? Do you think that you have a responsibility to fix the world out there that has gotten out of balance? Do you feel that achieving goals has become more of a struggle than fun? Does working hard and focused not deliver the results that you have gotten used to? Has adding new skills to our personal tool box shown limited effects only? If you answer one or more of these questions with YES, then the Formula „Result = Attitude x (Effort + Ability)“ will be of interest and benefit to you. European Professionals Network (EPN) kindly invites you to participate to this inspiring and motivational speech given by Martina Violetta Jung.

 

Martina Violetta Jung is a German born entrepreneur. She is (1) the founder and force behind IamYoumanity, a holistic incubator dedicated to unveil the true calling of our world’s business leaders; (2) a trustee shareholder of a privately owned medium sized company that is the worldwide market leader in specialized technical products for public transportation and (3) an author and publisher of business related e-books in English and German

Born in 1963, Martina Violetta Jung holds a doctor degree in Chinese economic law after having pursued legal studies at the universities of Passau and Münster in Germany as well as Wuhan in Peoples Republic of China. Her classical career steps include M&A Lawyer with Schön Nolte as well as Director Marketing Europe with Hapag-Lloyd Container Line in Hamburg; Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Belgium NV and CEO of Ahlers NV in Antwerp; Member of the Board of Directors of various companies in Belgium and Luxembourg in transport and logistics, ICT and venture capital. For nine years she was active as a full time Leadership & Integration Coach working with either individual entrepreneurs or CEOs and their management teams to build cross cultural and country leadership and cooperation after major mergers, acquisitions and restructuring. On her own journey to wholeness she became a practicing Reiki Master according to Japanese traditions and a writer of self-help books for leaders as well as business stories and poetry. She lives, works and leads from the perception “All is One”.

E-books by Martina Violetta Jung (via Amazon):
„Take Your Work And Shove It! – Fun and Fulfillment Instead of a Breakdown“
„König Theodors Wundersame Reise – A business novel“
„Caressing My Soul – Poetry for Conscious Leaders“

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Report of the event

On February 11th, EPN hosted an interactive speech with the entrepreneur and writer Martina Violetta Jung in order to discuss about the concept of leadership. The audience was composed of professionals from different business sectors.

Martina talked about the notions of leadership and success through her personal and professional life experiences. The latter, among which a burn out, led her to become a business coach and writer. Through the years, she developed her own philosophy about how people should face their lives and every-day challenges. According to her, people should do something that makes them fully happy and satisfied. All depends on how the formula: “Result = Attitude x (Effort + Ability)” is interpreted. Several factors have an influence on this mechanism, such as Ego, the outside world, our relationship with the others. According to Martina, people should interpret and follow the formula taking into account their desires and dreams but also the society and, if they are believers, God. In her opinion, all should function as a whole. Leaders, businesses, and people in general should try to adopt this vision in order to promote a more genuine and meaningful reality, both for the sake of the human beings and of the companies. In our societies we see more and more people experiencing crisis and burn outs. This is why, according to Martina, we need a new perspective in the building and shaping process of our professional lives.

The participants were highly involved in the speech. They exchanged their points of view and their personal experiences with Martina and with each other. At the end, they gathered around a few tables to enjoy networking and a small reception.

 

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EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 25: Prof. Dr. Orhan Agirdag, Against all odds: Characteristics of successful Turkish students

25 January 2015 10:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 25

 Prof. Dr. Orhan Agirdag

Against all odds: Characteristics of successful Turkish students 

The fact that Turkish students perform poorly in Flemish education is widely known. Fortunately there are also exceptions to this rule. However, much less is known about the group of successful Turkish pupils. In this presentation, Orhan Agirdag will outline a profile of successful Turkish students and he will provide a number of policy proposals to improve educational performance of Turkish students. European Professionals Network and Golden Rose kindly invite you to this useful talk following an open buffet breakfast.

 

Program
10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:30 Open Buffet Breakfast
11:40-12:30 Talk with Orhan Agirdag
12:30-13:00 Q&A Session

 

Orhan Agirdag

Orhan Agirdag (PhD) is an assistant Professor of Education at the University of Amsterdam. Formerly, he worked at Ghent University and was a Fulbright Fellow at the UCLA. His main research interests include stratification in education, educational policy, teacher education, multilingualism, and religiosity in education. His doctoral thesis on school segregation is multiple awarded and his work is published in more than twenty American and European journals, in English, Dutch, Turkish and French. Orhan is a recipient of a Veni-grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) He will work at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at KU Leuven starting from next academic year. For his extensive cv please click here

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Report of the event

Turkish students constitute a relatively large and underachieving minority group in Europe. However, there are exceptions to this pattern and focusing on the common profiles of these successful Turkish students, Prof. Dr. Orhan Ağırdağ, discussed the success factors and measures that should be taken against the underachievement of Turkish students in the 25th Breakfast Talk.
Dutch politicians indicate minority language as the primary reason for underachievement in school and give less attention to other factors. And yet, recent researches have revealed that there are, in fact, a great deal of educational benefits of bilingualism, Dr. Ağırdağ underlined. The negative school culture about the Turkish language leads to discouragement and reduces the sense of school belonging for Turkish pupils.
Success is directly linked with multilingualism, having a sense of school belonging, multicultural and interesting curriculums. In order to narrow the performance gap between native and immigrant students, schools should benefit from adopting more multicultural policies and allow for multiple identities, the academician concluded.

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EPN ROUNDTABLE: Prof. Dr. Baki Topal, The Educational Integration of Belgians with Turkish origins in Europe

09 January 2015 19:30

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

EPN ROUNDTABLE

Prof. Dr. Baki Topal

The Educational Integration of Belgians with Turkish origins in Europe

Why higher education is getting unpopular among Belgians with Turkish origins in Europe?

 

Observations and researches show that the educational attainment rate among Turks living in Europe is alarmingly low. But while the education level in Turkey is gradually improving, what is the reason behind the dim education statistics of Turks in Europe? What is the relation between this situation and the language learning difficulty? Is there sufficient encouragement for higher education? What is education’s impact on the integration of Turks in European societies? Dr. Baki Topal will discuss the answers to these questions at the next European Professionals Network (EPN) roundtable on 9 Jan. We kindly invite you to this event which will also include the common difficulties Turkish doctors experience in Belgium.

 

Brief Background of  Prof. Dr. Baki Topal

 Moving with his family to Belgium at the age of five, Baki Topal gained his medical degree (cum laude) in 1990 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL). Having finished his 6-year surgical education in 1996, he sub-specilaized for another year in hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HPB) surgery and liver transplantation at the University Hospitals Leuven (UZL), Belgium. In 1999 he did a 4-month clinical fellowship in liver surgery and transplantation in King’s College London, Paul Brousse Paris, and Eppendorf Hamburg. In 2003 he finished his PhD-thesis and received his doctoral degree in Medical Sciences to become Professor of Surgery at KUL. Since 2005 he’s active as Head of Clinics in the department of Abdominal Surgery at UZL.  Since 2013 Baki Topal is Head of the Laboratory of Abdominal Surgical Oncology at KU Leuven. In 2014, His Majesty King Filip of Belgium honored Baki Topal for his scientific achievements, as Commander in the Order of the Crown.

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Report of the event:
EPN hosted a roundtable discussion with Prof. Dr. Baki Topal on Jan. 9, 2015 about the problems and challenges the Turkish people in Belgium face, bringing solution suggestions to the table. Mr. Topal and the participants including doctors, academics, psychologists and educationists have come to the conclusion that efficient dialogue between teachers, parents and children is essential for the success of the Turkish students in Belgium. Another key success factor is overcoming the language barrier. Learning French or Dutch well at an early age leads to success in higher education. Other suggestions offered at the roundtable were being more careful about choosing a school for children and being more involved in their education.

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BREAKFAST TALKS 24, Dr. Sema Koç Erdön, Psychological and Socio-Cultural Adjustment of Children

14 December 2014 00:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27 – 5, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

BREAKFAST TALKS 24

Dr. Sema Koç Erdön

 Psychological and Socio-Cultural Adjustment of Children. How can we make it easier for our kids to adapt to new culture?

Living in a foreign country is hard enough as it is for adult expats, with all the problems of learning a new language, adjusting to a new country and culture; but how hard is it for children, who are already going through character development-wise delicate times, to deal with these challenges? What are the methods and advices for parents to make the adjustment process easier for their kids? How can the parents turn the experience of living abroad into an advantage for their children? Dr. Sema Koç Erdön, child and adolescent psychiatrist, will offer answers to these questions at the next event jointly organized by European Professionals Network (EPN) and Golden Rose on 14 Dec.  Erdön will also talk on attention and concentration problems of children as well as the results of her two-year research on the comparison of the problems encountered by Dutch and Turkish children living in Belgium. We kindly invite you and your friends to join us at the event.

Program:

10:00-10:30    Registration
10:30-11:30    Breakfast
11:40-12:30    Talk with Dr. Sema Koç Erdön
12:30-13:00    Questions & Answers

 

Brief Background of Dr. Sema Koç Erdön

Having graduated from the Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1997, Erdön specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the University of Antwerp in 2007. In her most recent research completed in 2011, Erdön found out that the Turkish children living in Belgium are more problematic than the Dutch children in the country and she researched the reasons and solutions to this situation. Among her fields of expertise are attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, learning disability, autism, exam anxiety, eating disorder, social phobia and speech disorder. The psychiatrist is currently working at a clinic in Merksem and in a rehabilitation center in Lokeren. Her consulting room is in Edegem.

Here is a link to see a more extensive background.

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Report of the Event:

 At the 24th Breakfast Talk, EPN and Golden Rose hosted Dr. Sema Koc Erdon to talk about the psychological problems the children of Turkish origin face in Belgium. Following a pleasant breakfast during which members took the chance of chatting with one another, the child and adolescent psychiatrist began her presentation showing the results of her two-year research on the comparison of the problems encountered by Flemish and Turkish children living in Belgium. The results show that the Turkish children have more psychological and social problems than the Flemish ones. The reason behind this situation, according to Erdon, is the difference between the characteristics of Turkish and Belgian/Flemish cultures. While the former is group-oriented, the latter is more individual-based and this dichotomy the Turkish children face leads to emotional and behavioral disorders. To make this situation easier for the children, Erdon suggested that the parents and teachers should show support, empathy and they should provide psychological assistance, if needed.

 

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EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 23: Security quagmire surrounding Europe, AMANDA PAUL Policy Analyst and Journalist

16 November 2014 10:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 23

 Security quagmire surrounding Europe 

Facts about Turkey, Ukraine & Middle East 

Journalist Amanda Paul
Amid multiple security spillovers from the Syrian crisis, military escalation on the Ukranian-Russian border, winds of unrest sweeping through the Middle East, democratic stepback in Turkey, the world seems to be lurching from one crisis to the other. And these crises taking place not so far away from Europe have served as grounds for concerns and even conflict in the diplomatic and security spheres. Some questions could therefore arise: What is the right stance? Is there a relationship between these crises? What are their effects on European security? What has been Europe’s understanding of these crises?EPN (European Professionals Network) and GOLDEN ROSE kindly invites you to discuss the answers to such questions with renowned policy analyst and Journalist Amanda Paul at this event.
Program
10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:30 Open Buffet Breakfast
11:40-12:30 Talk
12:30-13:00 Q&A Session

 

Brief Biography of Paul

Amanda Paul is a geopolitical and foreign policy analyst, journalist and blogger.  Her main areas of expertise include Turkish foreign policy, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, Eastern Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy, Russia, conflict resolution (Cyprus and the former Soviet space) and geopolitical issues in the Caspian region. She is presently employed as a Policy Analyst and Programme Executive at the EPC. Paul has a twice weekly column for the Turkish daily “Today’s Zaman” – Turkey’s leading English language newspaper – on issues related to Turkey, Russian Foreign Policy and the Eurasia region. For her etensive cv please click here

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Report of the event:

At the 23rd edition of Breakfast Talks, EPN members had the chance to discuss the recent political developments and crisis in the world with an expert on the area, Policy Analyst and Journalist Amanda Paul. Following an open-buffet breakfast accompanied by a friendly environment, the journalist began her talk on the ongoing crisis in Russia, Ukraine, Middle East and the impacts of these crisis on Europe. According to Paul, at a time when ISID is defined as the biggest threat that the world has ever confronted in recent years, the threat posed by Russia should not be underestimated. While Russia has increased its military expenses and deployed weapons a great deal in recent years, the West has not yet responded to this threat sufficiently, the analyst underlined. She further noted that if the West wants to stop Russia, it should fill the power vacuums in the region before Russia does. Also touching on the Syrian and ISID crisis, Paul said ISID is a big threat for all communities whether you are Muslim, Christian or Hindu. The talk ended after the intense question-answer part.

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EPN TRIP: PARLAMENTARIUM

18 October 2014 11:00

European Parliament @ Rue Wiertz 60, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

European Parliament is the largest trans-national democratic electorate with 375 million voters and it is  certainly one of the most influential political actors in the world. But how does this enormous system work with its 751 members, 8 different political groups and numerous institutions? What is its history and vision? How does it affect people’s everyday lives? As EPN (European Professionals Network), we are organizing a Saturday trip to the Parlamentarium to discover the answers to these questions in a dynamic and interactive exhibition place with its 360° designated areas and 3D tactile models.

EPN gladly invites you all to this event which we believe will be further enriched with your attendance and contribution.

Program:

11:00   Meeting at the entrance of Parlamentarium

11:00 – 13:00 Visiting the Parlamentarium
For more information about

Parlamentarium:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leN4IkV820c

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