Domestic political trends are pushing Turkey toward a societal setup that is incompatible with EU and Western standards.
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.
Despite traveling on different paths, Britain’s and Turkey’s relationships with the EU may end up the same in terms of their levels of economic integration.
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.