Bussola Institute Senior Advisor Christian Koch took part in a discussion held at the Ideas Lab of the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) entitled "When Partners become Opponents: Reality check on the EU's relations to the Neighbours of its Neighbours." The discussion involved the perspectives and foreign policy priorities of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia and Iran and the impact these policies have on the EU Neighbourhood. In addition to Dr. Koch, the panel featured Wilfred Jilge of the German Council of Foreign Relations, Adnan Tabatabai of the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO), and Erdal Yalcin of the Konstanz University of Applied Sciences. The discussion was moderated by Miriam Kosmehl, Senior Expert for the Eastern Neighbourhood and East Europe of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The CEPS Ideas Lab brings together Europe's top decision-makers and thinkers to discuss the most pressing issues confronting the EU. In total, nearly 1,000 participants attended the various plenaries and lab sessions.

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