A massive deterioration of the rule of law in Turkey is making a political alliance with the EU impossible, but cooperation must continue. Supporting the country’s resilient democrats is a major political task for Brussels.
Ankara’s activity in Syria raises the alarming prospect of military confrontation.
Turkey’s military operation in Afrin is a harbinger of more difficult ties with the United States.
Turkey’s offensive in Afrin helps to dispel doubts, after the failed coup attempt of July 2016, about Ankara’s ability to project force across the border.
The Afrin operation is the result of a Russian-Turkish land swap, whose long-term repercussions will be significant.
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Turkey’s incursion into Afrin marks a significant move in Ankara’s campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Sinan Ülgen discusses Turkey’s options as it maneuvers in a complicated regional and international context.
Revamping its Customs Union with Turkey is the only viable way for the EU to encourage rules-based economic and political reforms in the country and maintain engagement with Ankara.
The United States should not commit massive resources to roll back Iranian influence in Syria. President Donald Trump’s call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have headed that off.