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A Salah for Turkish-European ties

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The “Salah” is an Islamic prayer that is also used also to announce a death. It can be roughly translated as a “death knell” when used in this context. A Salah is clearly being said today for Turkey-EU ties. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says Turkey has never been this far from EU membership.

True as this is, we still need a pinch of salt. There was little to suggest that Turkey’s membership bid was going anywhere before the present crisis anyway. Chancellor Angela Merkel had said that even if Turkey fulfilled all the prerequisites, membership would still not be guaranteed.

Simply put, the prospect of EU membership stopped being a “carrot” for Turkey a long time ago. What we are in fact discussing today is not Turkish-EU ties, but Turkey’s ties with Europe. These have deteriorated in an unprecedented manner, with the help of acrimonious language from the Turkish leadership that has more to do with burning bridges than diplomacy.

The fact that Ankara has come out against

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