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How Erdogan is dragging Merkel down with him

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given in to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even after his harsh remarks equating German authorities' practices with those of the Nazis.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet at the presidential palace during the first visit since July's failed coup in Ankara, Turkey, February 2, 2017.      REUTERS/Umit Bektas   - RTX2ZBYJ

During the first years of his meteoric political career, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan liked to use the phrase “win-win.” That was when he was seen as an asset for a multitude of leaders around the world, thanks to the image he promulgated: that of a forthcoming political neophyte leading an aspiring nation and an ascendant country in the international system.

Today, he is seen as more of a liability with no real friends, increasingly relying on the loyalty and the blind faith of his ever-narrowing and inward-looking, xenophobic power base in Turkey.

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