Turkey’s EU accession is not a realistic goal for the foreseeable future. Brussels should use this opportunity to redefine its relationship with Ankara according to mutual interests.
Turkey is perceived in the West as rolling back its rule-of-law architecture and being on the road to autocracy. The EU has a number of ways in which it can respond.
The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has been met with high spirits in Turkey’s capital. What issues will dominate Washington-Ankara relations over the next four years?
Turkey has the potential to adopt a sustainable political model if the government decides to share political power in a credible manner.
A new gas deal offers a tactical advantage for Turkey and a strategic boon for Russia, which will continue to dominate energy supplies to the EU.
The Turkish government’s crackdown on opponents since the July 15 coup attempt has probably buried the country’s EU accession framework for good.
Brussels and Ankara have a long to-do list ahead of them. But domestic politics on both sides could interfere with this schedule.
Turkey’s drift away from the West has not been one-sided; Europe and the United States share the blame.
The Russian and Turkish presidents are more comfortable with a world in which alliances are transient and traditional great powers set the agenda.
Despite recent—and harsh—rhetoric, one hopes that Brussels and Ankara find the common ground to work on their many mutual interests.