Turkey and the EU: From friends to foes


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A few years ago, Ankara was seen as a bridge between east and west. Now that has all changed

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Friday, July 14, 2017 – 3:05pm

Europe’s leaders once hailed Turkey as a beacon of hope, proof that Islam and liberalism could coincide.

But in the aftermath of last year’s attempted coup, that has all changed.

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At the beginning of this month, the European Parliament, alarmed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan to expand his powers, called for accession talks to be suspended, while Swedish lawmakers have accused him of war crimes against Turkey’s Kurdish community, reports The Independent.

Turkey, too, has distanced itself from Europe. Last week, Erdogan told BBC World’s HardTalk his country was ready to “stand on its own two feet”, with the majority of Turkish people no longer “wanting the EU any more.”

So why has Ankara’s relationship with Brussels turned so sour?

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