Turkey and EU to get closer in 2018

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to France and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s visit to Germany, Turkey-EU relations are expected to gain momentum in 2018.

French Mayor bans “anti-republican” meals

Julien Sanchez, member of the National Front and Mayor of the town Beucaire has outlawed alternatives to pork in school canteens, arguing that substitute meals are “anti-republican” and violate France’s secular principles.

Ankara’s efforts to rejuvenate its European diplomacy

While it is crucial for Turkey to keep positive bilateral relations with key European countries without abandoning the EU membership process, it is also imperative for the EU to keep Turkey as a partner in critical strategic areas such as energy, security and migration.

Turkey’s rapprochement with France, Germany

Regardless of efforts to contain and isolate Ankara, it is an undeniable fact that Turkey, under the leadership of Erdogan, has been taking advantage of new opportunities to expand its sphere of influence.