Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Thursday to improve strained ties between the two countries following months-long tensions between Ankara and Berlin.
Hesitant behavior displayed by European countries with regard to the terror groups that target Turkey illustrates the fact that they can still take sides against Ankara and side with the YPG and the PKK during the Afrin operation.
President Erdogan’s visit to the Vatican was significant as it was the first time in 59 years that a Turkish president had visited the city.
The solidarity between the Pope and Erdogan on Jerusalem promises to prevent Europe’s isolation and revive the bloc’s relationship with Turkey.
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.
It is time for Turkey and the EU to begin a new era in bilateral relations – this time based on mutual respect.
European countries carry two contending political standpoints against Turkey, one being rationalist and moderate one the other ideological and radical.
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.
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.
The genie is out of the bottle. Overwhelmed by populist urges during the electoral period, German chancellor candidates Angela Merkel …