Europe Has Become an International Joke
Vaccine chaos underlines Europe's failed management of the pandemic. Meanwhile, China rises, the US resurfaces, and Russia makes cutting remarks. Even Erdoğan's Turkey is allowing itself to be diplomatically provocative towards the EU. What has Europe done to deserve this?
The Turkish Deep State Has Its Teeth Bared
The mayor of Istanbul and political opponent of Erdoğan, Ekrem İmamoğlu, seems to have escaped an assassination attempt against him at the last minute. He was never informed by the authorities that he was in danger. The hunger of the Grey Wolves is causing terror, especially since they leave Alaattin Çakıcı unchecked: a mafia boss who was, to much scandal, let out of jail and who now openly threatens the leader of the Kemalist opposition, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu
Turkey Is Testing the Resilience of Its Allies
The defeat of Donald Trump is bad news for Turkey and Saudi Arabia, who are rekindling their previously "frozen" alliance out of necessity. Erdoğan had a very serious disagreement with Putin – who also needs him more than ever – over what is happening in Azerbaijan
A Diplomatic Waterloo for Greece and Cyprus With Sanctions as a "Banner"
Athens and Nicosia are trying to put the discussion of the "Borrell list" back on the Council's agenda. Raising the banner of sanctions again, they have a hope that outrageous provocations – such as the issue of Varosha – will move European partners
"Plastiras or Papagos"? Does it Make Any Difference?
Trump's ousting allows us the (reasonable) hope that our interlocutors on the other side of the Atlantic will now know what they are talking about, when it comes to, among other things, the dramatic – for the world over – situation in the Aegean and the Mediterranean
Erdoğan Fears the Prospect of a Biden Presidency
The US election thriller is keeping the EU and Turkey in suspense; Trump and Biden have a completely different approach to European affairs, Russian-Turkish "flirting", and Greek-Turkish relations. Biden has announced that he will impose sanctions against Ankara over the issue of the S-400 missiles, which will wipe out the Turkish economy
Foreign Affairs Minister of Artsakh: "Turkey does not hide its involvement in Azeri crimes"
Stepanakert seeks a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but will defend its independence and repel the attacking Azeris, who have political and military support from Turkey, says Masis Mayilyan
Erdogan's threats could mean a "domino effect" for banks
Ankara is creating an oriental bazaar for Greek-Turkish relations, and by extension the Europe-Turkey relationship, leveraging the exposure of European banks and companies to the shaky Turkish economy. Consultations are feverish in the run-up to the EU summit