NATO summit, EU dialogue and breathing space for Turkey

Thursday’s NATO Summit and a series of high level meetings with the EU leaders in Brussels seem to have given President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an incentive to reassess Turkey’s position on a number of key foreign policy issues. After months of sailing in stormy waters, seemingly heading for a shipwreck, an opportunity to revive the EU-Turkey  […]




Arrogance or ignorance? Turkey’s diplomacy needs fine tuning

Once again, the diplomatic assertiveness that has characterized Turkey’s foreign relations in recent years, was in full view of the world this week. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hosted by President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday. He was there to repair the strained bilateral relationship and try to change President Trump’s mind […]




Reopening full monitoring for Turkey can change its course in Europe

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) decision to re-open the monitoring procedure on Turkey, one of its oldest members and one of the first signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights, is unbearably distressing but not altogether surprising. The vote on the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by […]