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Turkey’s post-election relations with the West

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The upcoming elections represent a crucial turning point in Turkish politics. Switching from a parliamentary system to a presidential one, Turks will elect a new president and renew the parliament on June 24.

The outcome of the elections will not only determine the nature of the political system, but also shape the country’s identity and future.

One particular heated topic of discussion – especially in foreign circles – is Turkey’s relations with the West after June 24.

There are alternative scenarios about who will win the presidency or which party is more likely to gain a majority in parliament.

Regardless of the election outcome, the need for Turkey to reduce tension at home and abroad has become a pressing reality.

The government has already taken recent steps to restore ties with a number of European countries. Just a few weeks ago, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdağ pronounced Turkey’s full membership in the European Union as one of the country’s objectives for 2023 – just when everyone had given up hope on the moribund accession process.

Besides, a preliminary agreement was reached with the United States on Manbij in northern Syria........

© Hürriyet Daily News