The 'garden-forest' metaphor: Crisis of European political mind

While trying to send a message that the EU should spend more time engaging with the world rather than becoming isolated, the bloc's foreign policy chief revealed a lot with his 'garden and forest' metaphor

The 'garden-forest' metaphor Crisis of European political mind
Ukraine s long road to EU membership

Ukraine’s long road to EU membership

When evaluated in terms of international security and geopolitical dimensions, it stands as a concrete reality that Russia must first be persuaded in order for Ukraine to become a member of the EU.


Pêşengên Yekîtiya Ewropayê (YE) di 25-26ê adarê da wek online civîn kir, lê di civînê da gelek mijar hatin taloqkirin. Aqûbeta têkiliyên bi Rûsyayê ra jî di nav mijarên ku hatin taloqkirin da ma. Di civînê da li ser têkiliyên dualî pir kêm hatin nirxandin û guftûgokirina berfireh a têkiliyên dualî ji civîneke din ra hat hiştin. Lê beriya civînê Serokê Konseya YEyê Charles Michel bi Serokê Dewleta Rûsyayê Vladîmîr Putîn ra bi têlefonê axivî û ji bo normalîzebûna têkiliyan daxwaz hatin kirin. Ev di navbera aliyan da şert û mercên destpêkeke heyama nû nîşan dide.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in contrast, highlighted Europe’s Turkish dilemma in an interview with France 5. First, he recognized Turkey, a NATO ally, as an important trade partner and a key ally in the fight against illegal migration toward Europe. Then, Macron spoke about the fear that 3 million Syrians will come to the continent. Finally, he claimed that Turkey was going to “attempt to influence” French elections.

Turkey hopes EU leaders will address issue in line with bloc's values, principles of int'l conventions, official says

U.S. President Joe Biden recently made his first foreign policy speech since his inauguration on Jan. 6. In an approximately 20-minute address to State Department personnel, there was not any unexpected move or position.

US, EU must play effective role in Turkish-Greek ties

If they were more supportive, Washington and Brussels could help Ankara and Athens improve their bilateral initiatives

US EU must play effective role in Turkish-Greek ties
Can Turkey achieve a policy of equilibrium in diplomacy

Can Turkey achieve a policy of equilibrium in diplomacy?

Whether it be de-escalating tensions with Greece through negotiation, jump-starting the Cyprus talks, organizing a regional conference on the Eastern Mediterranean, renegotiating the refugee deal, visa liberalization or updating the customs union, Turkey will persistently pursue diplomacy as it attempts to make a fresh start with the European Union. All of these points are on Ankara's agenda as it awaits the upcoming visit of the presidents of the European Council and Commission to Turkey.


The current European governments and politicians who face many political, social and economic problems try to use other states, peoples and civilizations as a tool for their own interests. They try to instrumentalize them for their own good, no matter how it might harm others.

The Eastern Mediterranean question, like a ghost train, shuttles around and around, plunging the global agenda into fright with each passing day.

Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean seem incapable of de-escalating. Although the situation on the Sirte-Jufra line in Libya remains under control thanks to Turkey’s diplomatic talks with the U.S. and Russia, last week’s explosion in Lebanon and the Greco-Egyptian maritime deal fueled tensions anew. Athens and Cairo recently announced that they had concluded an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) agreement, directly challenging Turkey’s November 2019 deal with Libya. As a matter of fact, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias did not hesitate to describe that agreement as “the opposite” of the Turkish-Libyan treaty.

Both sides of the Libyan conflict are getting ready for the Sirte-Jufra front. The attack on al-Watiya air base, probably by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), demonstrated both parties’ determination. As Turkey took precautions to prevent future attacks, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held talks with the interior ministers of Libya and Malta on Monday.

Hagia Sophia’s reinstatement as a mosque resulted in a sudden spike in Western media reports about President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Needless to say, almost all of those stories were full of accusations and speculation about Turkey’s agenda.

Germany's European Union presidency began yesterday. Given Chancellor Angela Merkel will quit politics in October 2021, she is likely to have a desire to make significant moves in the next six months to leave a lasting mark on European politics.

Public scrutiny of foreign policy is the backbone of democracy. Criticism, when firmly rooted in a rational analysis of the balance of power and national interest, can be constructive. However, when critiques resort to populism, however, they become ideological.