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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron

The EU and Turkey: Between confrontation and conciliation

Tension has marked recent relations between the European Union and Turkey, from personal insults between leaders to spats over exploration rights in the Mediterranean Sea. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made conciliatory statements recently, but the question is whether anything can come of them. There are pathways to avoid escalation, but it will require levelheaded political leadership.

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