The Syrian Quagmire and Erdoğan’s Coalition of the Willing:
More Difficult Times Ahead for Turkey-EU relations?

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war two and a half years ago, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been one of the most vocal and engaged critics of Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president cum dictator. Unsurprisingly, and following the unprecedented deployment of chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb on August 21 – leaving an estimated 1,429 dead – Erdoğan was quick to heed the initial call for foreign intervention in the conflict by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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  1. A Peker

    Hi there,
    I quite like to ask the writer, Gerben K. Wedekind,about what he means with the comments like ‘Turkey has a lot to gain from an intervention in Syria (or lose, in case of non-intervention). ‘?
    Considering no country in the westis showing any interest to intervene, a huge percentage of Turkish populations is against any type of interventions, I really would like to know what the writer is thinking about Turkey’s gain from an intervention.

    Thanks

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