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Last EU summit, Turkey and sanctions: It could be worse

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The much awaited EU summit under the German presidency was concluded on Dec. 11. Even if there was much speculation about harsher sanctions against Turkey, the final formulation was again rather soft and any further decision was postponed to the next EU summit scheduled for March 2021 and additionally outsourced to the Biden administration. The EU for the time being will continue with soft sanctions against individuals and companies connected to gas exploration activities in the East-Med and further prepare a report on the current state of relations. No train crash, as usual.

This also means that the German presidency of the European Union Council, which started on July 1 and will end in two weeks, didn’t make any breakthrough, but succeeded avoiding further troubles and escalation. And maybe this is already a success regarding the high tensions, which accompanied much of these six months. From the beginning, Germany was not really planning to do much about Turkey anyway. The program of the German presidency, entitled “Together for Europe’s recovery“, doesn’t even mention Turkey in 28 pages and more than 12,000 words.

When Chancellor Merkel presented the German program in the........

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