Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.
Marc Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.
Pierini was a career EU diplomat from December 1976 to April 2012. He was EU ambassador and head of delegation to Turkey (2006–2011) and ambassador to Tunisia and Libya (2002–2006), Syria (1998–2002), and Morocco (1991–1995). He also served as the first coordinator for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, or the Barcelona Process, from 1995 to 1998 and was the main negotiator for the release of the Bulgarian hostages from Libya from 2004 to 2007.
Pierini served as counselor in the cabinet of two European commissioners: Claude Cheysson, from 1979 to 1981, and Abel Matutes, from 1989 to 1991. He has published three essays in French: “Le prix de la liberté,” “Télégrammes diplomatiques,” and “Où va la Turquie?.”
Pierini is a member of the International Council of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille.
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At a meeting in Saint Petersburg between the Russian and Turkish presidents, an opportunistic convergence of minds could emerge between the two leaders.
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Ankara’s recent foreign policy shifts on Israel and Russia have been welcomed in the West. But a number of unanswered questions about Turkey’s future remain.
EU leaders need to withstand Ankara’s emotional narrative and postpone Turkey’s EU accession negotiations until better times.
A major deal between the EU and Turkey on refugee exchanges and visa liberalization is in imminent danger of coming apart at the seams.
Long gone are the days when Turkey was seen as the model Muslim country on its way to democracy.
Germany’s decision to undercut its European partners on a refugee deal with Turkey has proved fatal for any hope of a consistent EU policy on the issue.
Brussels and Ankara need to reset their relationship by focusing not only on a recent agreement to deal with refugees but also on broader bases for cooperation.
The dialogue between Brussels and Ankara on refugees needs to be recalibrated with a sharper focus on fundamentals.