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How will the crisis with Europe end?

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Bilateral crises with European countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands are causing serious destruction in Turkey’s EU membership process. Turkey-EU relations are going through their worst period since the European Council meeting in Luxembourg on Dec. 12-13, 1997. EU countries are discussing suspension of the negotiations that began 13 years ago.

Some of my readers have sent me messages that I can roughly summarize as: “We have understood there is a crisis with the EU, but write about how this crisis will be resolved.” I do not have a prescription on how it will be overcome. However, I can tell how crises have been overcome in the past by reminding of the roadmap of Turkey-EU relations, which I had followed non-stop for 22 years.

Relations broken off 22 years ago

I had followed the European Council meeting in Luxembourg as the diplomacy correspondent of daily Radikal. “Starting full membership negotiations with 10 former Eastern bloc countries, the Greek Administration of Southern Cyprus and Malta” was on the agenda. It was expected that Turkey would be included in the EU enlargement process but EU leaders did not give passage to that. Despite Turkey’s harsh objection, it was also........

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