As the EU’s Erdoğan dilemma intensifies

In Ankara’s growing kerfuffle of politics, the chief paradox is this: The more President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan consolidates power around his person and constructs a regime in his orbit, the more unstable foreign policy becomes. There seems to be wide international consensus about this.

The president’s unpredictable behaviour has reached, since before the German elections in September, such a worrisome level that some commentators – like Marc Pierini of Carnegie Europe or Steven Cook of Council of Foreign Relations in Washington – now talk about the ‘roguery’ of Turkey toward its Western allies.

The reason is obvious, within this paradox of power: Almost all of the components of Turkey’s domestic and international policy are being defined, presented and implemented on the basis of Erdoğan’s own, and not Turkey’s national interests. In the face of a flood of allegations of corruption and breaches of international law, Turkey’s strong man is in trouble, and has known it all along.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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