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Turkish German Affairs from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Elif Nuroglu, Ela Sibel Bayrak Meydanoglu and Enes Bayraklı

The relations between Turkey and Germany deserve to be called unique because of their depth and extent. This book offers an interdisciplinary approach on these relations from political, socio-economic and business perspectives. In this context, it is a beneficial reference book for those academics in Political Science, Economics and Business Administration who focus their researches on various aspects of the relations between Turkey and Germany. It also provides useful insight for the practitioners such as policy makers, diplomats, investors, financial analysts, NGOs that are engaged in Turkish-German relations, German companies invested in Turkey and Turkish companies that transfer know-how from Germany.
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The statistics clearly demonstrate that Germany is the most important partner of Turkey in terms of exports and imports as well as foreign direct investments. Considering the fact that these two countries have no common border, it indicates a special partnership which is rarely found in the world.

It is unthinkable that economic relations between countries are not influenced by political affairs. The policies followed by each country could either further or obstruct economic relations. However one might easily claim that the economic ties between Germany and Turkey are an exceptional case, because economic issues have a striking precedence over political ones. Although political relations between Turkey and Germany still lag behind the desired level, economic relations deepen and intensify day by day, and trade volumes between the two countries increase regularly.

This book is another example of the deep relations between the two countries. Edited by three distinguished faculty members of our university – Associate Prof. Dr. Elif Nuroğlu, Associate Prof. Dr. Ela Sibel Bayrak Meydanoğlu and Assistant Prof. Dr. Enes Bayraklı – this study deals with the evaluation of political, economic and business relations between Turkey and Germany. Its goal resembles one of the main goals of our university, which was established by these two countries to promote scientific and cultural relations between Turkey and Germany.

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