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Is Europe on the way to appease Erdogan yet again?

The forthcoming Turkey-European Union summit could spell a diplomatic success for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bolstering his hand in domestic politics.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R), French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and other leaders pose for a family picture at the Chancellery on January 19, 2020, in Berlin, Germany.

Diplomatic contacts between Turkey and some European countries have accelerated in recent days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked to the German and French leaders, yet the contacts might cause inhouse cracks in the European Union.

Following the flurry of contacts between Ankara and European officials, Nacho Sanchez Amor, the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur, sent a letter to President of the European Council Charles Martel, asking two questions: Can the president inform the European Parliament when and how the relations of the EU have been delegated to two specific EU member states? Can the president inform the parliament about the reasons for the absence in this meeting of the current Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU?

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