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It wasn't long ago that Turkey and Europe earnestly sought to forge a common future. But the exchange of accusations between the two, rooted in Erdoğan's effort to empower his presidency, may have pushed the relationship to a point of no return.
Turkey's President Erdoğan lashed out at the Dutch for blocking rallies aimed at garnering support from Turkish voters abroad ahead of an April referendum on his presidential powers. While that plays well at home, he may not want to push too hard, given close economic ties and shared interests.
Fifteen years into his rule, Erdoğan has gradually turned his country away from the secular tradition of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. He has also moved away from democratic norms, complicating ties with the West.
Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed Tuesday to sketch the outlines of a wider political settlement to Syria's civil war, which would be taken to larger talks in Geneva that include the US, the EU, and other major players.
Their partnership on Syria marks a significant shift for Turkey's President Erdoğan. Still, analysts say, there are limits to Russia’s new friendship with Turkey.
Erdoğan pledged that he would keep Turks safe in a tumultuous region. Amid public anger, his dream of creating an all-powerful presidential system may now hang in the balance.
More than 60,000 of an estimated 80,000 Sunni fighters reportedly have signed on to the cease-fire. But rebel commanders say if their political goals are not met, they'll return to war.
The conflict with ISIS and even older war in Syria will continue to radiate ferment across a region that will also witness an as-yet unknown Trump effect.
US relations with Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey are some of the most challenging in the region, and Donald Trump's election looks likely to unsettle them all.
The Turkey-Kurdish peace process that Erdoğan once championed hits a new low, felled by Syria's conflict and his own ambition.
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