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Environment Energy

On track for success in Turkey: meteocontrol provides monitoring for Kon-Tek’s entire PV portfolio

Leading Turkish operation management provider for photovoltaic systems opts for meteocontrol

On track for success in Turkey: meteocontrol provides monitoring for Kon-Tek

meteocontrol GmbH provides monitoring system for the entire portfolio of Kon-Tek Otomasyon (Turkey). (Source: @Kon-Tek Otomasyon)

Augsburg, November 07, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH has won a strong partner in the shape of Kon-Tek Otomasyon AS, one of Turkey’s leading O&M service providers: Kon-Tek wants to control and monitor its entire portfolio of existing PV systems and all new systems using the meteocontrol monitoring system. meteocontrol has already equipped four new solar parks and the first existing systems with its monitoring components. All the systems will be monitored via the central platform VCOM (virtual control room).

The Turkish PV market has reached its peak value to date in 2017 with newly installed capacity of around 1 GWp. Ever greater solar portfolios require professional monitoring. O&M service providers such as the Kon-Tek Energy Department face the challenge of consistently and efficiently implementing monitoring for their constantly growing system portfolio. This calls for an independent monitoring system that is flexible in terms of the integrated components and brings together both existing and new systems in one platform.

Well positioned with monitoring from meteocontrol
Kon-Tek wants to be ideally equipped for the future with a uniform monitoring system. The PV service provider is focusing on growth: By the end of 2017, the portfolio should cover around 100 MWp installed capacity, with the target of doubling that amount in 2018. To monitor all the systems efficiently and securely, Kon-Tek is retrofitting the entire portfolio of existing systems to the monitoring solution from meteocontrol and also installing the hardware and software of the market leader for independent monitoring systems into new systems. meteocontrol has equipped four solar parks, each with a capacity of between 4 and 5 MWp, with data loggers from the blue’Log X series, set up the systems in the VCOM monitoring portal, and put them into operation. „We have experience in the Turkish market and offer special packages for unlicensed and licensed projects, in other words, systems greater than 1 MWp,“ explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The flexibility of our data loggers and the VCOM software with its analysis options are hugely important specifically for operation management providers like Kon-Tek. We also offer our customers the necessary engineering to ensure smooth implementation. This includes planning, design and commissioning of the entire monitoring system.“

Simple upgrading of existing systems
meteocontrol has upgraded the first existing Kon-Tek systems with a capacity of 12 MWp to the uniform monitoring system. Where necessary, new hardware is also installed, but, for the most part, the upgrade is carried out simply and quickly by importing the system data. „The professional monitoring system offers security, since the contingency risk is noticeably reduced as a result, and yields rise. That convinces investors, especially those who already know the system and appreciate the added value,“ says Martin Schneider.

Successful cooperation
„We are delighted to be working with meteocontrol. We want to fully exploit the growth potential offered by the PV market in Turkey and in our neighboring countries, and be a key player. To achieve that we need a monitoring partner with reliable technology and innovative solutions,“ says Lütfi Yücel, Director Energy and Automation. „The meteocontrol monitoring solution has proven its worth. The projects are running smoothly. We appreciate, in particular, the training and joint workshops on site. The meteocontrol team provides our employees with the know-how they need to install, configure and commission the monitoring hardware themselves in the future. We are thus in a position to implement our projects even quicker.“

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, and Chicago. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Press
epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 450879-18
Fax: +49 821 450879-20
E-Mail: as@epr-online.com
Url: http://epr-online.com

Business Economy Finances

GKN completes acquisition of Turkish PM manufacturer Tozmetal

GKN completes acquisition of Turkish PM manufacturer Tozmetal

The acquisition of Tozmetal Ticaret Ve Sanayi AS (Tozmetal), announced on 13 April, has now completed. The powder metal part manufacturer based in Turkey will expand the global footprint of GKN Sinter Metals, the world“s largest manufacturer of sintered components which now comprises production locations in 10 countries and over 7,000 employees.

Tozmetal focuses much of its output on hydraulic pump components for European automotive customers.

At a celebratory event, employees of Tozmetal were welcomed by Wolfram Messner, President Europe & Asia Pacific Operations, GKN Sinter Metals.

During the event, Messner said: „Tozmetal is an excellent fit and provides increased access to new customers in the Middle East region.

„I am delighted to announce that Mr. Hüsnü Özdüral, who for years has been managing and growing the company successfully, will continue to lead the plant. We will work closely with the local team to make the site a strong platform to help grow our business and support our customers in the region,“ Messner added.

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 7,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has three divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy, which operate in the aerospace and automotive markets. Over 58,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 9.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2016.

Kontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Ralf Radschun
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (2289) 335237
Ralf.Radschun@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

Environment Energy

meteocontrol delivers its first monitoring systems for Turkish solar parks

Growing demand for PV monitoring from meteocontrol in Turkey

meteocontrol delivers its first monitoring systems for Turkish solar parks

meteocontrol has delivered monitoring solutions for photovoltaic plant in Burdur Yarisli. (Source: meteocontrol)

Augsburg, March 29, 2016 – meteocontrol is expanding its presence in Turkey and has delivered monitoring solutions for two photovoltaic plants. A meteocontrol system is now monitoring an 8.3 MWp site of Hanwha Q CELLS in Burdur Yarisli in southwestern Turkey. The second PV system, with total capacity of 2.1 MWp, is near Korkuteli, a city located about 100 kilometers northwest of Antalya. meteocontrol provides complete solutions for the single-source monitoring of solar power plants – from the planning phase and delivery of all components to smooth commissioning of remote monitoring.

The Energy Market Act that took effect in 2001, and the latest developments of relevance to feed-in tariffs, are boosting the appeal of the Turkish energy market among international PV providers. This is also significant for meteocontrol in its role as an innovative provider of PV monitoring and quality assurance services comprised of end-to-end, worry-free solutions for reliable, legally compliant monitoring and control support for PV plant operators. The monitoring solutions offered are designed in line with PV plant requirements and specific customer wishes. Experienced meteocontrol engineers configure the monitoring systems, check for potential on-site wiring problems and resolve any issues that may arise.

Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey relies on meteocontrol monitoring
The PV power plant in Burdur was completed in November 2015 by Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey after just two and a half months of construction. With total capacity of 8.3 MWp, it is one of Turkey’s biggest PV systems. The approximately 128,600 m² free-field system is expected to feed about 13,467 MWh of clean energy into the grid each year – enough to supply power to around 2,700 average Turkish households. Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey, the Turkish entity of one of the world’s most recognized photovoltaic companies, partnered with meteocontrol for its solution provider of the monitoring system. Ten data loggers from meteocontrol’s WEB“log series, as well as reliable string monitoring stations, are in operation. WEB“log data loggers dependably monitor and control photovoltaic systems and comply with legal regulations and standards. The loggers collect all system data and store it centrally. This data is also quickly transmitted through various interfaces for evaluation with the monitoring system’s Virtual Control Room (VCOM).

2.1 MWp solar park already in operation
meteocontrol is also proud to announce the successful implementation of remote monitoring at the 2.1 MWp solar park near Korkuteli. The contract called for the complete installation of the PV monitoring solution, including the string current monitoring based on meteocontrol string monitoring stations. Work was completed in 2015. The solar park is managed by the blue“Log X-6000 equipped with two expansion modules. The new generation of data loggers offers innovative functions like the live access of safer“Sun and VCOM to the blue“Log and a flexibly expandable system to meet the requirements of the future energy landscape. Other benefits include cost savings from system modularity, time-saving commissioning facilitated by a quick-start assistant, reduced capital commitments thanks to efficient warehousing, and increased data security based on encryption.

„Together with our Turkish partners, we assure the optimal operation of both systems, guarantee the highest level of reliability and offer maximum investment protection,“ said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We are looking forward to continuing our good business relationship. Other projects in the still nascent Turkish photovoltaic market are now in the planning stage.“

As a way of intensifying the dialogue between operators and builders of photovoltaic systems in Turkey, meteocontrol plans to participate in the Solarex trade fair scheduled for April 7-9, 2016, in Istanbul.

About Hanwha Q CELLS
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:HQCL) is one of the world´s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-quality, high-efficiency solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ). With its diverse international manufacturing facilities in South Korea, Malaysia and China, Hanwha Q CELLS is in a unique position to flexibly address all global markets. Hanwha Q CELLS offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions, from modules to kits to systems to large scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnership to its customers in the utility, commercial, government and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a Top 10 business enterprise in South Korea. For more information, visit http://investors.hanwha-qcells.com.

About metecontrol:
meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 40,500 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 10,7 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Nadja Sagnotti
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
n.sagnotti@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

Pressekontakt
epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
0821-4508 7918
as@epr-online.com
epr-online.com

Trading Services

Swisslog and Simeks Announce Expansion of Partnership to Address Growing Health Care Market in Turkey

Swisslog and Simeks Announce Expansion of Partnership to Address Growing Health Care Market in Turkey

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Medication Management

Swisslog strengthens its position in Turkey by expanding the partnership with Simeks to jointly supply complete solutions for medication management.

ISTANBUL – Swisslog, the leading hospital automation solutions provider in material handling and medication management, and Simeks, the leading provider of medical equipment and technological solutions for the global health care sector, announce an expansion of their partnership, where Simeks will start distributing the medication management solutions of Swisslog in Turkey, Turkmenistan, and northern Iraq. For many years, Simeks has been distributing the Swisslog material handling solutions, which has resulted in a market-leading position for the pneumatic tube systems. The expanded partnership will aim to also achieve this position in medication management solutions.
„Turkey is investing to further improve the health care system and to build a whole range of new, modern hospitals. The expanded partnership with Simeks allows Swisslog to build on the strong presence in this growing market on the bridge between Europe and Asia,“ states Pieter Feenstra, Executive Vice President of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions. „The state-of-the-art medication management solutions of Swisslog combined with the strong local expertise of Simeks make a very strong joint offering.“
„The addition of the Swisslog medication management systems to our broad portfolio of best-in-class medical equipment and technology will allow us to offer complete and very innova-
tive solutions that will enable the best patient experience possible,“ said Bahar Sunman, board member of Simeks.
The partnership had an immediate fruitful start with the sales of a small, joint automated-
pharmacy solution in northern Iraq. A number of larger opportunities in Turkey are currently being jointly worked on for both the private and public health care sectors. Bildquelle:kein externes Copyright

Swisslog ist ein führender Anbieter automatisierter Logistiklösungen mit Hauptsitz in Buchs/Aarau, Schweiz, und beschäftigt rund 2 200 Mitarbeiter in über zwanzig Ländern. Swisslog gliedert sich in die Divisionen Warehouse & Distribution Solutions und Healthcare Solutions. Swisslogs Division Healthcare Solutions ist spezialisiert auf automatisierte Inhouse-Logistiklösungen und automatisiertes Medikamentenmanagement für Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens.

Führende Krankenhäuser auf der ganzen Welt arbeiten eng mit Swisslog zusammen, um ihre Logistikprozesse zu optimieren, die Effizienz und die Wirtschaftlichkeit zu steigern und die Patientensituation zu verbessern. Swisslog Healthcare Solutions bietet eine einzigartige Kombination aus Fachkompetenz und Erfahrung, basierend auf mehr als 3 000 Installationen in Krankenhäusern in aller Welt. Dank jahrzehntelanger Erfahrung in der Planung und Realisierung von Lösungen schafft Swisslog nachhaltigen finanziellen und operativen Nutzen für Kunden in über 50 Ländern.

Swisslog Healthcare GmbH
Claus von der Decken
Hansacker 5-7
26655 Westerstede
+4944888389125
Claus.vonderdecken@swisslog.com
http://www.swisslog.com

Art Culture

SUPERSTAR DJS TO HEADLINE „ISLE OF DREAMS“ MUSIC FESTIVALS IN SWITZERLAND, TURKEY & ISRAEL EARLY AUGUST 2014

SUPERSTAR DJS TO HEADLINE "ISLE OF DREAMS" MUSIC FESTIVALS IN SWITZERLAND, TURKEY & ISRAEL EARLY AUGUST 2014

Isle-of Dreams The Ultimate Electronic Music Event

3 day electronic music festival in 3 different countries, inspired by the music and culture of the isle of Ibiza and featuring the top stars of Electronic Music.

ISLE OF DREAMS, a major new electronic music festival that gives music lovers the chance to dance somewhere different, delving deeper into the burgeoning underground scenes of Switzerland, Turkey and Israel, with the best local DJ talent alongside the biggest international artists. Each event will take place over a three day period in August 2014 and be the major electronic music event of that country. Stages will be hosted by the labels Cocoon, Paradise and Sankeys, with confirmed artists including: Above & Beyond, Alesso, Apollonia, Avicii, Axwell, Calvin Harris, Chuckie, Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery, Jamie Jones, Nervo, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sasha, Steve Aoki and Zedd to mention a few.

All events will be held in spectacular natural locations, crowning the natural beauty of summer and highlighting simple pleasures – nature, music and people coming together. Aug. 5-7 in Antalya, Turkish music fans will enjoy „the ultimate electronic beach festival in Europe“, Aug. 7-9 in Israel partygoers can dance by the biblical Sea of Galilee at the marvellous site close to Gamla Junction. In Switzerland Aug. 8-10 clubbers will enjoy the biggest electronic event hosted in Switzerland at a pristine, magical site in Gunzgen, Solothurn on the site of last years „Motion“, close to the A1 in the heart of green midland on the foot of Jura mountains.
ISLE OF DREAMS is inspired by the music and culture of the isle of Ibiza and will encompass all genres of electronic music from the global stars of EDM to the underground, experimental and local DJs with endless possibilities under the infinite beat of electronic music. Every festival will be unique, with stages individually designed, but each will have the look and feel of the magical isle of Ibiza, with slightly different line ups that also include the creme de la creme of local DJs on each stage.
ISLE OF DREAMS is produced by a team of world class promoters. In Switzerland the festival is presented by Marcel Avram, the legendary pioneer of global music touring. Local promoters are abc Production AG and 360° Show Production AG.
In Turkey his partners are MorEvents and in Israel Gad Oron Productions.
Exclusive partners in Ibiza are Danny Whittle and Mark Netto of IBZ ENTERTAINMENT, and the whole project is coordinated by German United Promoters AG.

ISLE OF DREAMS is an ambitious new event that aims to run multiple electronic music events in different locations around the world bringing people together in beautiful locations.

August 5-7 Antalya,Turkey
Above & Beyond, Alesso, Apollonia, Autoerotique, Avicii, Chuckie, Fedde le Grand, Jamie Jones, JP Candela, Nervo, Onur Ozer, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Sasha, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki

August 7-9 See Sea of Galilee – Gamla Juncti, Israel
Alesso, Apollonia, Autoerotique, Avicii, Axwell, Chuckie, Carnage, Danny Avila, Fedde le Grand, Jamie Jones, JP Candela, Nervo, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Sasha, Steve Aoki

August 8-10 Allmend Gunzgen, Switzerland
Above & Beyond, Alesso, Apollonia, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Chuckie, Eva Shaw, Fedde le Grand, Gareth Emery, Jamie Jones, JP Candela, Nervo, Paul Oakenfold, Sebastian Ingrosso, Zedd

More DJs to be announced
subject to change

www.isle-of-dreams.com
www.facebook.com/IODfestival
www.twitter.com/IODfestival

Press Contact International and UK:

Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
E-Mail: nikki@globalpublicity.co.uk
Mobile: +44 (0) 7957 434517

Press Contact Turkey:

Mrs. Nihan Hatipoglu | Morevents
nihan@morevents.com.tr
Phone: +90 212 999 4256

Press Contact Israel:

Ronit Arbel | Arbel comunication
arbel3@arbel.biz
Phone: +972773000401

Press Contact Switzerland:

Catherine Bloch | Culture Communication GmbH
c.bloch@culture-communication.ch
Phone +41 44 363 73 67 / +41 79 4353555

3 Tage Elektro Musik Festival in 3 verschiedenen Ländern mit Ibiza-Feeling und den Top Stars der Elektro Szene

United Promoters AG
Franziska Stürz
Dingolfinger Strasse 6 / IV
81673 München
+49 (0) 89 / 638 66 77 – 45
f.stuerz@united-promoters-ag.com
http://www.isle-of-dreams.com

Computer Information Telecommunications

eLink Opens First Branch in Turkey

eLink Opens First Branch in Turkey

eLink opens first branch in Turkey.

Hamburg, 15 November 2013. Hamburg-based eLink Distribution brings its successful „value-added distributor“ concept to the Bosphorus: the leading distributor of visual communications technology and innovative network solutions in the German-speaking area has established its first foreign subsidiary in Turkey. Local partners are now able to directly benefit from the close collaboration and professional services of eLink.

Due to the company“s exceptionally strong performance of recent years and the increasing demand for professional video conferencing solutions in Turkey, the expansion is a logical step for eLink. „Turkey is an exciting business location for us,“ says Roman Klinke, CEO of eLink Distribution. „We are excited to now be able to provide our Turkish partners with a local service at a high level.“

The management of the new eLink branch also sees enormous potential in the emerging business location Turkey. „We introduce the growth industry of video conferencing to the growth market of Turkey,“ says Turkey Director Carl Buckley. „Now we can build up and serve this young and promising market on-site in collaboration with our Turkish partners.“

Carl Buckley brings extensive experience in the European and Turkish transport sector to the position. Most recently, he established the first Turkey branch of a major French multinational logistics company. Co-Managing Director Ulkem Karaca Buckley previously worked as a project manager at an international level for many years.

eLink is one of the leading distributors of visual communication and innovative network solutions in the DACH region. In addition to hardware, eLink offers its trade partners a broad variety of value added services: the company is committed as an enabler for resellers who want to establish themselves in the field of WAN Bonding Services, and therefore accompanies market entries with training, access to an extensive hardware demo pool, and managed services.

Kontakt:
eLink Distribution AG
Philipp Kukemueller
Grosse Elbstrasse 49
22767 Hamburg
+49 40 1804247451
philipp.kukemueller@elink-distribution.com
http://www.elink-distribution.com

Politik Recht Gesellschaft

SURVEY TRANSATLANTIC TRENDS 2013 :

Americans & Europeans Disapprove Of Intervention in Syrian Conflict, Favor Democracy over Stability in the Middle East and North Africa

SURVEY TRANSATLANTIC TRENDS 2013 :

Transatlantic Trends: Merkel favored over EU in handling of the economic crisis, Publics overestimate numbers of immigrants in their countries and are concerned about illegal immigration

Washington D.C., (Sept. 18, 2013) – Europeans and Americans are not in favor of military intervention in Syria, according to the 12th annual Transatlantic Trends survey out today. Seventy-two percent of Europeans and 62% of Americans polled as well as 72% of Turkish respondents do not want their governments to step into the conflict.

As countries in North Africa and the Middle East continue to struggle for democracy, 47% of U.S. respondents, 58% of Europeans, and 57% of Turks polled preferred democracy over stability in the Arab Spring countries.

Transatlantic Trends 2013 is an annual survey of U.S. and European public opinion conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Compagnia di San Paolo, with additional support from the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Fundaão Luso-Americana, the BBVA Foundation, the Communitas Foundation, and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.. Eleven European Union member states were surveyed: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Turkey. Polling was conducted by TNS Opinion between June 3 and June 27, 2013. In Turkey, polling was suspended for a week and was completed by July 2, 2013.

Europeans felt that German Chancellor Angela Merkel (47% approval) did a better job of handling the economic crisis than the EU (43% approval, with a plurality of 49% disapproving). The EU countries most affected by the crisis tended to register the highest disapproval rates of the EU“s crisis management (Spain: 75%; France, Portugal, United Kingdom: 55%; Italy 49%). But Merkel’s disapproval ratings also rose sharply in the troubled economies – up to highs of 65% in Portugal and 82% in Spain.

The survey of European and U.S. public opinion also showed favorable views on trade. As negotiations over the TTIP (Tranatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) continue, 56% of Europeans and 49% of U.S. respondents say increased transatlantic trade would aid their economies. Turks however were more skeptical, with 43% saying this would make their economy more vulnerable.

When asked about immigration, majorities in the United States (73%, down from 82% in 2011), and Europe (69%) said that they were not worried about legal immigration. In contrast, 60% of Turks stated that they were worried about legal immigration. Sixty-one percent of Americans said they were worried about illegal immigration, joined by 71% of Europeans and 69% of Turks.
Almost all respondents overestimated the percentage share of immigrants in their countries.

„The 12 years reflected by Transatlantic Trends have been a complex time for both Europe and the United States, shaped by a marked divide about the U.S. intervention in Iraq, the alliance“s role in Afghanistan, and the global economic crisis,“ said GMF President Craig Kennedy. „However the results this year show that we still agree on common principles.“

HIGHLIGHTS FROM KEY FINDINGS:

Transatlantic Relations and Global Views

A little more than half of EU respondents (55%) said it was desirable that the United States exert strong leadership in world affairs, almost unchanged from last year. Nearly three-in-four Europeans (70%) continued to hold favorable views of the United States, but views across Europe varied widely.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans (down six points from last year) said it was desirable for the European Union to exercise strong leadership as well. Within the EU, support for EU leadership went up in the U.K. (by five points to 60%), but down in France (by eight points to 68%) and Spain (by 11 points to 56%). Sixty-three percent of Turks felt EU leadership to be undesirable; 60% held an unfavorable view of the EU itself.

A plurality of Americans (46%) viewed Russian global leadership as undesirable, as did two-in-three Europeans (65%) and 67% of Turkish respondents. Negative views of Russia were held by 59% of Americans, 62% (up seven points from 2012) of Europeans, and 68% of Turks.

Asked for the first time about Chinese global leadership, a plurality of Americans (47%) said they found it undesirable, as did 65% of Europeans and 72% of Turks. Similarly, 58% of U.S. respondents reported an unfavorable view of China, with 60% of Europeans and 63% of Turks agreeing.

Economic Crisis, Europe, and Trade

People continue to feel hurt by the economy. Stable majorities of Europeans (65%) and Americans (75%) continued to report that they were personally affected by the crisis. Numbers rose most sharply in France (up 12 points to 65%), and in Poland (up seven points to 60%).

A majority of U.S. respondents (58%) supported government spending cuts to reduce debt; a plurality of Europeans (45%) agreed. However, faced with specific spending cut choices, respondents often preferred to maintain current spending or even increase it. Americans and Europeans were most open to defense cuts, with 46% on both sides of the Atlantic in support of maintaining current levels; 26% of Americans and 38% of Europeans were in favor of defense cuts. But majorities or pluralities wanted to increase spending on welfare, science, technology and education, and transportation and infrastructure. Turkish respondents were the most in favor of ambitious government spending; a majority (50%) supported increased defense spending.

Increasing majorities on both sides of the Atlantic (Americans: up 12 points since 2012 to 64%; Europeans: up five points since 2012 to 62%) disapproved of their governments“ handling of economic policy. The increase in disapproval was sharpest in France (up 17 points to 74%). Even in the two countries where majorities approved, rates dropped sharply: in Sweden by 15 points to 74%, and in Germany by 12 points to 56%. In Turkey, 52% disapproved of their governments“ economic policy, a reversal from 2012.

Increasing majorities in Europe (68%, up 11 points since last year) disapprove of EU control over national budgets; only 26% thought otherwise. In Germany, the only country where a majority wanted greater EU control over national budgets last year, the number dropped to 37% this year; 60% of Germans want member states to retain national control.

Transatlantic Security

Pluralities of Americans (33%), Europeans (42%), and Turks (40%) felt that their side of the transatlantic partnership in security and diplomatic affairs should take a more independent approach.

NATO was seen as „still essential“ by 58% of EU respondents and 55% of Americans.

NATO will end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but some troops may remain to train Afghan national army and polices forces; when asked whether they approved of their own country contributing to such an effort, 54% of Americans said they did and 53% of Europeans agreed. A majority (51%) of Turks said they would disapprove of Turkey contributing troops.

Asked whether they approved of unmanned aircraft (drones) being used to find and kill suspected enemies in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, 71% of U.S. respondents said they approved, while 53% of Europeans disagreed. In Turkey, 60% of respondents disapproved, while only 29% approved.

Transatlantic opinions about how best to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons have converged. A plurality of Americans (29%) preferred imposing economic sanctions. A plurality of Europeans (32%, up four points) and Turks (27%, up 11 points) agreed, a shift from previous years when Europeans had tended to prefer offering economic incentives.

Mobility, Migration, and Integration

A plurality of Americans (41%) of said that there were „too many“ immigrants in their country; 33% of Europeans agreed. A plurality of Europeans (39%) said there were „a lot but not too many“ immigrants in their country; 39% of Americans concurred. In Turkey, a plurality of respondents (35%) said there were „not many“ immigrants in their country.

A majority of Americans (54%) and a plurality of Europeans and Turks (both 49%) agreed that „immigrants help create jobs as they set up new businesses.“

Majorities in the United States (57%) and Europe (50%) said that „immigrants are a burden on social services.“ When asked whether „immigrants are a threat to our national culture,“ however, two-thirds majorities in Europe (69%) and the United States (64%) disagreed.

Asked whether „immigrants enrich our culture,“ two-thirds majorities in the United States (69%) and Europe (60%) said that they do. Sixty-one percent of Turkish respondents disagreed.

Turkey

Forty-four percent (down from 73% in 2004) of Turkish respondents still favored joining the European Union; 34% (up from 9% in 2004), said that it would be bad.

Twenty percent of EU respondents said that Turkey“s accession to the EU would be a good thing; 33% said it would be bad; 37% said it would be neither good nor bad.

Contact and Interviews / Kontakt und Interviewanfragen
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
1744 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States
Sarah Halls
E-Mail : shalls(at)gmfus.org
Tel.: +32 (0)4 484 491 078
www.transatlantictrends.org

Deutscher Pressekontakt
Andrea Ludwig, andrea@apollopublicrelations.com

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.

In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Tunis. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

Kontakt:
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
Sarah Halls (shalls@gmfus.org)
1744 R Street NW
DC 20009 Washington
32 (0)4 484 491 078
andrea@apollopublicrelations.com
http://www.transatlantictrends.org

Politik Recht Gesellschaft

Public Survey: U.S., European, and Turkish Public Oppose Intervention in Syrian Conflict, Favor Democracy over Stability in MENA Region

Full Survey to be released September 18, 2013

Washington D.C. (Sept. 6, 2013) – Europeans and Americans are not in favor of military intervention in Syria, according to prereleased data in the 12th annual Transatlantic Trends survey.

Transatlantic Trends 2013 is an annual survey of U.S. and European public opinion conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Compagnia di San Paolo, with additional support from the Fundaão Luso-Americana, the BBVA Foundation, the Communitas Foundation, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Eleven European Union member states were surveyed: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Turkey. Polling was conducted by TNS Opinion between June 3 and June 27, 2013. In Turkey, polling was suspended for a week and was completed by July 2, 2013.

In the survey, respondents were told that there had recently been discussion of the desirability of intervening in Syria, where the government has been using military force to suppress an opposition movement. They were then asked whether their government should stay out completely or intervene. A two-thirds majority in the United States (62%, up 7 percentage points from 2012) along with nearly three-fourths of respondents in Europe (72%, up 13 percentage points from 2012) preferred to stay out.

Only one-in-three respondents in the United States (30%, down 5 percentage points from 2012) and even fewer in Europe (22%, down 10 percentage points from 2012) felt their countries ought to intervene in Syria.

In Turkey, 72% of respondents said their country should stay out of Syria (up 15 percentage points), while only 21% (down 11 percentage points) favored intervention.

In a separate question about recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East, respondents to the survey were asked to choose between two propositions: „stability is more important even if it means accepting non-democratic governments“ and „democracy is more important even if it leads to a period of instability.“ A majority in Europe (58%) and a plurality in the United States (47%) preferred democracy over stability.

A majority of Turkish respondents (57%) preferred democracy in Northern Africa and the Middle East; 25% said they preferred stability, while 18% answered that they did not know or refused to answer.

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Contact and Interviews / Kontakt und Interviewanfragen
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
1744 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States
Sarah Halls
E-Mail : shalls@gmfus.org
Tel.: +32 (0)4 484 491 078.

Deutscher Pressekontakt
Andrea Ludwig, alan@apollopublicrelations.com

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.

In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Tunis. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

Kontakt:
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
Sarah Halls (shalls@gmfus.org)
1744 R Street NW
DC 20009 Washington
+32 (0)4 484 491 078
alan@apollopublicrelations.com
http://www.gmfus.org/

Computer Information Telecommunications

Turkish DEKOM Subsidiary To Qualify As LifeSize Certified Sales Expert

Turkish DEKOM Subsidiary To Qualify As LifeSize Certified Sales Expert

Hamburg, Germany / Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish DEKOM Video Konferans Cözümleri Tic. Ltd. Sti., subsidiary of the German DEKOM AG, has recently qualified as a „LifeSize Certified Sales Expert“ for video communications solutions.

Therefore, the German videoconferencing expert’s Middle East branch has also reached the highest level of the LifeSize accreditation program: „LifeSize Expert Partners“ are solely leading retailers who offer the entire portfolio of LifeSize devices, infrastructure, applications and services, and enjoy the manufacturer’s immediate support. A coveted certification, demonstrating extensive experience and expertise in the market for video conferencing and video communications solutions.

The Turkish DEKOM branch was only founded in 2012. Kaan Avci, CEO DEKOM Turkey: „We are proud to achieve this coveted status so quickly. Istanbul is not only the most populous city of Turkey and its center of culture, commerce, finance and media, but also marks the geographical border of Europe and Asia – an ideal base to serve our customers in Turkey and the Middle East. We are pleased to partner also here with LifeSize!“

More information about LifeSize and DEKOM on www.dekom.com/tr/en/ and www.dekom-video-konferans.com.tr.

About LifeSize Communications
LifeSize Communications, founded in 2003, is a leading provider of high definition video communications and telepresence products, The company’s video conferencing systems combine exceptional quality and ease of use to a productive and life-like experience. LifeSize, since 2009 a division of Logitech, is headquartered in Austin/Texas with offices in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

DEKOM AG (formerly known as ViDOFON AG) offers a unique all-inclusive portfolio of professional solutions in the field of media technology and video conferencing. The Hamburg-based company is one of the market’s most comprehensively certified providers throughout Europe (AMX, Bosch, Cisco (Tandberg), Crestron, Extron, Lifesize, NEC, Panasonic, Polycom, VCON, Radvision Sennheiser, Sony, etc.) and employs around 70 enthusiastic specialists. Please visit www.dekom.com/tr/en/ for more information.

Kontakt:
DEKOM Video Konferans Cözümleri Tic. Ltd. Sti.
Mr K. Avci
Kavacık Mah. Şehit Tegmen Ali Yılmaz Sk. 14/7
34810 Beykoz-İstanbul
+90 216 682 7001
k.avci@dekom.com
http://www.dekom.com/tr/en/