January 8, 2018 | Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

In tactical turnaround, Erdogan rediscovers ‘old friends’ in Europe

Just a few months ago, Turk­ish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Euro­pean leaders to Nazis and condemned them as Islamo­phobes but when he recently talked about his EU colleagues, Erdogan referred to them as his “old friends.”

Ankara seeks political and eco­nomic rewards with the shift but could easily revert to its harsher ap­proach should the need arise, they point out. Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for De­fense of Democracies, a Washington think-tank, and a former Turkish lawmaker, said it is significant that Turkey does not make a new start with the European Union as a whole but with individual members.

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