Twelve months on from Turkey’s coup attempt, Ankara is forging ahead with imposing a religious-conservative agenda on society, despite significant popular opposition.
Brussels and Ankara should focus on a package of four short- to medium-term priorities to halt the recent degradation in bilateral relations.
Increasingly, Turkey’s leaders seek to reshape their country’s relationship with the EU away from the goal of accession toward a framework more focused on trade.
Could a more coordinated Turkey-UK relationship help the two governments improve their negotiating positions with the EU?
As the Turkish leadership becomes increasingly isolated from its traditional allies, Ankara seems tempted to seek refuge in an unconvincing regional role.
Upcoming meetings in Brussels may offer a chance for progress toward reconciliation between the EU and Turkey—but Ankara’s EU accession prospects remain remote.
Members of Carnegie’s Civic Research Network participated in a Reddit AUA on the important changes under way in civil society across the globe.
The path for Turkey to join the EU in order to cement its place among western democracies has reached a dead end.
The consequence of Turkey’s April 16 referendum result is that in foreign policy, the country will now resemble a Central Asian republic more than a European democracy.
Relations between Brussels and Ankara have not yet passed the point of no return, however they are at an important fork in the road.