NATO should consider parting ways with Turkey
Time is running out for the NATO Summit - expected at the end of the month (June 28-30) - where Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be called upon to take a clear position on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance.
Others estimate (or want to believe) that Turkey will eventually back down, paving the way for the two countries' accession, but some analysts have begun to consider what could happen if Turkey does not finally withdraw its veto.
Such a development would come at an extremely critical juncture for NATO and Turkey's relations with Russia, against the backdrop of a war like the one in Ukraine that could not last for many months.
It is noted that Ankara is asking Sweden-Finland for compensation in order to give the green light for their accession to NATO, with the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, taking on the role of mediator.
Proposal for a "divorce" between Turkey and NATO
In this climate, and against the background of the blackmail of the Erdogan government, the voices proposing a "divorce" between NATO and Turkey are becoming more vocal, as the differences between them are considered un-bridgeable.
"Is Turkey today really the Turkey that NATO attracted as a partner 70 years ago?" asks Elizabeth Shackelford, a former US diplomat.
Overcoming Turkey's shortcomings after World War II, when the alliance was formed to stop the expansion of the Soviet Union, was easy to do, says Elizabeth Shackelford. "(Turkey) seemed to be moving steadily in a westerly direction and embracing liberal, democratic values."
However, the following decades were marked by unrest. With the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2002, the West believed...