IFifteen years ago, when Turkey had just started its accession negotiations, if the Turks had been asked where their country would be in December 2020, most would have answered, without a shadow of a doubt. a hesitation: “Within the European Union”.
The reality is very far from these aspirations. The accession negotiations have been blocked for a long time, and the Turkey of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasing confrontations with the EU and some member states. Meeting at a summit this Thursday and Friday, European leaders threaten to sanction the “illegal” research for natural gas carried out by Ankara in the eastern Mediterranean.