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Turkey’s crucial week with Euro-Atlantic community

  • As this week’s NATO summit in Madrid approaches, the alliance faces another tough test. Turkey, however, faces an even tougher one. Ankara has to decide whether it should insist on using its veto to prevent the admission of two Nordic countries — Sweden and Finland — to NATO. This question did...
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Turkey, Egypt inch toward long-awaited normalization

  • A new semi-concrete step has been taken to further mend Turkish-Egyptian relations, as Turkey has decided to appoint a senior diplomat to Egypt. The diplomat, Salih Mutlu Sen, previously served as Ankara’s permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Two details are wor...
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The growing signs of moderation in Erdogan’s attitude

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started offering signals of moderation in his attitude. The first signs came in foreign policy, with Turkey taking the initiative in trying to mend its relations with Egypt. These ties had deteriorated because of Ankara’s strong support for the Muslim ...
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Turkey toying with idea of new military operation in Syria

  • Pro-government Turkish media outlets last week reported that preparations are underway for a new set of military operations in Syria. A parliamentary motion to authorize the government to continue sending troops abroad was tabled last month and easily approved. Previous motions approved a one...
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Don’t hold your breath for a deal on Cyprus

  • An unofficial meeting is to be held this week in Geneva to determine where we stand on the potential solution of the Cyprus question. It will be held from Tuesday to Thursday on a 5+1 basis, with the participation of the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots as the main stakeholders, along with t...
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Turkey between a Russian rock and a Ukrainian hard place

  • There is a visible escalation in Russia’s relations with Ukraine, part of a bigger struggle over Ukraine’s drifting toward the Euro-Atlantic bloc. The escalation has its roots on the night of Nov. 21, 2013, when Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, at Russia’s behest, suspended the signing of...
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Thorny issue of a divided island

  • After Ersin Tatar’s election in October last year as president of northern Cyprus, the Cyprus question may be moving to a new stage. The Turkish government extended strong support to Tatar before, during and after the elections. Tatar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported the Tur...
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NATO-EU differences exposed by Turkey dilemma

  • EU leaders on Friday postponed the discussion of a potential arms embargo on Turkey to the bloc’s March 2021 summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after last week’s meeting that the EU had agreed to prepare limited sanctions on Turkish individuals involved in oil exploration activities i...
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Turkey’s Erdogan ignores international opposition to Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

  • A controversy that has been on Turkey’s political agenda for decades is now disposed of, but debates on it and its international implications are likely to continue for some more time. The Council of State, which is Turkey’s highest judicial authority on administrative matters, this month con...
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Reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque may be a vote-winner for Erdogan

  • A debate is again open in Turkey on the question of reconverting the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque.  Built nearly 1,500 years ago on the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian, this cathedral is one of the oldest standing shrines in the world, but it has a tumultuous history.&n...
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