London Summit an endurance test for Turkey’s relations with the West

Duvar English

Turkish journalist Murat Yetkin has penned an analysis on why the upcoming London Summit of the NATO will be a true test of endurance for Turkey’s relations with the West.

In his piece, Yetkin points at a verbal duel between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and French President Emmanuel Macron as a major factor for tensions ahead of the gathering of the leaders in London. Erdoğan accuses Macron of “supporting terrorism” by legitimizing the presence of the YPG, the Syrian branch of the PKK, and Macron accuses Erdoğan to use fighting against terrorism as a justification for his military operations and presence in Syria. 

According to Yetkin that polemic led to a deadlock not only on a bilateral level but among all 29 members of the NATO as Turkey blocked NATO’s defence plans to protect its Baltic members such as Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Latvia against Russia, as long as NATO doesn’t designate the YPG as a terrorist organization like the PKK.

“The ‘Let’s throw Turkey out’ frenzy that’s taken some American and European politicians have no political or legal foundation, as a quick look to the NATO Charter would tell. Besides, Merkel and some other European politicians who bear in mind the importance of a joint defense against Russia have begun to form a ‘we cannot lose Turkey’ front,” Yetkin wrote.

Yetkin’s article in full can be read here

from Duvar English

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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