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Turkey’s chance to mend its relations with Europe

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At a time when Turkey’s relations with Europe are believed to be at the lowest level, the visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to France gives hope that there is a new opportunity to reverse this trend. Will 2018 give us the chance to reset relations between Turkey and Europe?

President Emmanuel Macron, during a joint press conference at the Elysee Palace on Jan. 5, underlined the common values shared by France and Turkey. He emphasized that those values were based on two pillars: That Turkey is a member of NATO and is a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights. This accurate and articulate definition is in full compliance with Turkey’s vocation to take its decent and deserved place among the Western community of democratic nations.

Turkey and France have had long and deep-rooted bilateral relations. Those relations have developed on political, economic and cultural spheres and formed a solid basis for further development throughout centuries. It should be kept in mind, however, that those bilateral relations also had ups and downs. France, for example, has been........

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