Daily Sabah's think tank extension, the Daily Sabah Center for Policy Studies (DS Centre) held a panel on the "July 15 Coup Attempt and Turkish-EU Relations in a New Era," in cooperation with the Democracy for All Platform (D4ALL) on Wednesday in the U.K.'s House of Commons.
The event was hosted and chaired by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a member of parliament from Cotswolds, with the participation of distinguished speakers, including Talip Küçükcan, a professor of sociology and a deputy from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), and Gülnur Aybet, an international relations professor and the head of the department of Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul.
During the panel discussion, the speakers discussed the events of July 15, evaluated the responses from the international community and analyzed how this historic event has impacted the relationship between Turkey and the European Union.
On July 15 this year, Turkey descended into a night of chaos and violence as a failed bloody coup attempt gripped the country, killing 246 civilians and police officers. Putschists orchestrated a number of coordinated attacks in both Ankara and Istanbul in an illegitimate attempt to seize key government institutions, including the presidential compound, Parliament and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
The DS Center published a special report on the July 15 failed coup attempt to explain the role of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) in the failed coup as well as giving facts including a timeline, locations and profiles of eyewitnesses detailing the events of the coup on the night of the attempt.
The Daily Sabah Center for Policy Studies has so far organized several conferences and events worldwide. In April 2016, the center held its first ever journalism academy in Turkey with the participation of foreign journalists from around the world. The DS Center has also held joint conferences with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and the Carnegie Moscow Center and the Kosovar Center for Security Studies.