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Will Merkel use the golden opportunity offered by Erdoğan?

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Country A’s reaction to country B could be seen as justifiable or legitimate if country A is perceiving an existential threat from country B.

When the head of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fled Syria and ended up in a luxurious villa in Italy, the two countries’ relations saw a historic low. People started boycotting Italian goods and demonstrations were held for days in front of the Italian embassy in Ankara.

Criminalization of the Armenian claims of genocide was not an existential threat for Turkey. Still, Turkey’s reaction was severe, applying an official boycott against French companies.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was angered when the Dutch government objected to the Turkish ministers’ demand to hold election rallies and decided to bar a Turkish minister’s access to the Turkish mission, suspecting her to meet with Turkish citizens for an electoral campaign. Even though this was not an existential threat against........

© Hürriyet Daily News