Turkey and EU: Can this Marriage be Saved?
by Burak Bekdil
December 27, 2018
When Turkey first applied for full membership in the European Union in 1987, the world was an entirely different place…Today, 31 years after the first date, the alliance seems to be broken, with no signs in the foreseeable future of a marriage between two perfectly unsuitable adults. Knowing that, both sides in the past decade have played an unpleasant diplomatic game of pretension: not be the one that throws away the ring. This boring opera buffa is no longer sustainable. Turkey’s democratic deficit has grown just too bitterly huge to make it compatible with Europe’s democratic culture. READ MORE