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Turkey’s foreign policy labyrinth

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Turkey’s foreign policy is constantly rerouting due to roadblocks these days. It is like a labyrinth for Ankara as navigating through the dizzying puzzle becomes more and more intricate.

For now, let’s just have a look at the “relations with Europe” part of the maze:

September’s end marked the symbolic departure of Chancellor Angela Merkel from the political scene; A long-known, nevertheless tricky, development as it bodes for serious roadblocks on the path forward. The possibility of an extensive time of coalition negotiations is an “opening” for Turkey while Merkel will stay as the chancellor for a prolonged period. This overtime of Merkel will benefit Ankara as it provides an extra period to (finally) conclude the refugee deal. In that sense, Merkel’s “surprise visit” to Turkey on October 16 is an opportunity for Ankara.

Merkel’s visit to Turkey in October 2015 prior to repeat elections in November was regarded as aiding an electoral boost for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and in part reinstating them to power. Merkel’s subsequent visits to Turkey were all perceived to enhance the AKP and Erdoğan’s electoral credentials: Three visits in 2016 alone, one in 2017 prior to the referendum to switch to the presidential system, and one visit in 2020 after........

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