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Turkey–EU Relations May Be A Casualty of Gezi Park

Erdogan’s mismanagement of Gezi Park crisis has spilled-over into Turkey’s relations with the European Union. 
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) talks with European Union enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele before the Istanbul Conference of the Ministry For EU Affairs in Istanbul June 7, 2013. Turkey must investigate whether police used excessive force in a crackdown on days of anti-government demonstrations and hold those responsible to account, Fuele said on Friday. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY  - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTX10F7A

While the high tensions caused by the Gezi Park unrest and excessive police operations showed some signs of easing, their political spillover on Turkish-EU relations are fully exposed.

Taking a rough defensive position, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and some of his ministers in recent days engaged in a harsh duel of words with key EU officials and political figures in Brussels, some of whom have been known as “Turkey’s friends in Europe.” If the battle continues, as many observers predict, Turkey’s already limping accession process for EU membership may be impaired further.

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