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Turkish Leadership Demoralized By Coup in Egypt

The Turkey-Egypt axis is a thing of the past, at least for now.
Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a conference in Ankara, June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX10S1M
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If there is one place on earth where the effects of the July 3 military coup in Egypt were felt as much as in Cairo by deposed president Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, it must be Turkey.

As Ankara coped with the trauma of the events in Istanbul and most other parts of the country, the military coup in Egypt came as an additional tremor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). It so shook Erdogan that he interrupted his much-needed holiday and returned to work, convening his top aides and within 48 hours launching a vigorous campaign of criticism against the West, especially Europe, for not acknowledging the Egyptian coup as a coup.

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