(Turkey analyst and commentator on Turkish affairs in the Danish and international press. Earlier he was advisor to the Turkey Assessment Group in the European Parliament and a member of the Advisory Board at Vocal Europe in Brussels. He is a member of RIEAS International Advisory Board).
Date: 27 December 2020
Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)
In light of the fact that a massive majority of the European Parliament a fortnight earlier had called for tough sanctions against Turkey, the European Council’s decision to mark time is a shameful abdication of responsibility. As I pointed out in the Jerusalem Post after Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria in October 2019, the European Union’s response was more like that of a circus horse with the front legs going in one direction and the rear legs in another. The EU’s conclusions begin with a fanfare of trumpets. “The European Council recalls that the European Union, its Member States and its institutions are all committed to promoting and respecting the values on which the Union is founded, including the rule of law.” Read more