Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood
Turkey’s relationship with the U.S. seems firmly cemented on a leadership level, but Turkey’s bid to join its neighbors in the West –the European Union– is not flourishing. The EU has recently taken proactive steps as a way to reignite the stalled accession talks. However, the shared concern over a fragile and explosive Middle East has drawn attention away from the reforms Turkey needs to deliver domestically if it wants to join the Union. This regional shadow is convenient for both Turkey and the EU at this point. The question remains whether a strong Sunni ambition in foreign policy can go hand in hand with Turkey’s reliance on Western fortification of its borders.
 
 
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Marietje Schaake
Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands.

From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...
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