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EU treads a fine line between French and German approaches to Turkey

  • European Council President Charles Michel, right, and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis meet ahead of the EU summit, Brussels, Oct. 1, 2020. (Reuters) Fifteen years ago this day (Oct. 3, 2005), the EU enlargement process took a major step forward as the bloc opened accession negotiati...
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Sheikh Sabah leaves behind a solid legacy

  • Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabir Al-Sabah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, May 31, 2019. (Reuters) I write these words with a heart filled with sorrow and sadness after hearing of the death of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabir Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, who passed away on Tuesday at t...
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Turkey’s growing focus on Africa causing concern in rival capitals

  • When the Cold War ended, and Ankara became increasingly engaged in efforts to diversify its foreign policy, Africa began to emerge as a potential area in which Turkish influence might be exerted. As a result, in 1998 Turkey adopted an “Africa Action Plan.” However, a challenging agenda during ...
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Germany plays peacemaker in dispute between Greece and Turkey

  • NATO allies Turkey and Greece are at loggerheads over a range of deep-rooted issues that affect their domestic and international agendas. Conflicts in the Middle East have made things even more complicated for the two countries, so much so that other nations are stepping in as mediators. Germa...
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EU is stuck in middle of Turkey’s disputes with France and Greece

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union, Ankara, Turkey, July 6, 2020. (Reuters) Against a backdrop of rising tensions between Turkey and some EU member states, the bloc’s policy chief, Josep Borrell, pai...
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EU, NATO have key roles to play in easing tensions between France and Turkey

  • French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Elysee Palace, Paris, France, January 5, 2018. (Reuters) The rivalry between Ankara and Paris in Libya, Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean is just the latest addition to the list of conten...
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Turkey’s relationship with the EU is the story of a Sisyphean dream

  • European Union and Turkish flags fly outside a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, May 4, 2016. (Reuters) On Sept. 9, 1979, during a conference in Istanbul, Bernard Lewis quoted Field Marshal Sir William Slim as saying: “Turkey is the only European country in the Middle East (and) the onl...
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The pandemic exposes flaws and limits of the global power system

  • The United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 10, 2020. (Reuters) We are still in the early stages of this global pandemic but scholars of international politics and economics already acknowledge that the coronavirus disease (COV...
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Turkey, Greece and France jockey for position in post-war Syria

  • The deep-rooted political disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean over natural gas, and the ongoing tension between opposing camps in Libya have reignited old rivalries in the region, and are having a considerable effect on the situation in Syria. This week, France held talks with Kurdish partie...
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Syrian war, coronavirus and the aftermath

  • An influenza patient is treated at Naval Hospital in New Orleans, in 1918. (Reuters) History books are full of lessons we can learn from the past. The great influenza pandemic of 1918, often called the Spanish flu, caused the deaths of between 50 million and 100 million people wo...
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