Spain, Italy and Greece all the the weakest economic links of the EU. Compare them to Turkey, which embraced its African-Mediterranean relationships and now emerges as an economic model for Europe. Any regrets, EU?
Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey has been a vocal opponent of Assad’s violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. But while Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has talked tough, he’s stopped short of military intervention.
Compared to other seemingly intractable political struggles, the one between Turkish and Greek Cypriots has received little attention in the last few years. But that’s about to change.This summer, the Greek Cypriots are poised to take over the rotating E.U. presidency.
Turkey is threatening to cut off relations with the European Union if Cyprus takes over the rotating E.U. presidency, as planned later this year. The U.N. will bring together both Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders this weekend to move negotiations forward.