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President Erdogan in front of a portrait of modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Turkey and the West – distant yet inseparable

Turkey’s growing estrangement from the West stems from its domestic and regional ambitions, as well as from a feeling of being unwanted in the European Union. There is also a deeper undercurrent, present since the founding of the Turkish Republic, that questions the Kemalist strategy of a radical alignment with Europe. Even so, a total break with its Western partners is not on the cards.

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