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Turkey’s view of the world must fit with the facts

On Wednesday, September 13, while the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was outlining his vision for the European Union in Brussels, Turkey’s EU Minister Ömer Çelik was delivering a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, in London. In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker was describing Turkey as a […]




The pot calling the kettle black

Turkish-German relationship that had been following a downward trajectory since July 2016 coup attempt, has now hit rock bottom. Last month, President Erdogan called on the Turkish immigrant community in Germany not to vote for Turkey’s enemies at the country’s September 24 federal elections. He named them as the three main parties- the Christian Democratic […]




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 […]