Erdogan’s mad dash to the polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may want to bring elections forward before his economic policies collapse. [BURHAN OZBILICI/AP]

Without having planned it, Greece and Turkey will be marching to the pace imposed by each country's upcoming general elections in the first half of this year. As a rule, politicians focus their campaigns on domestic issues that mainly affect voters, leaving diplomacy aside. The current campaign, however, seems to be an exception, as the timing of the elections casts more clouds of uncertainty and alarm over Greek-Turkish relations, which are going through a particularly tense period as a result of Ankara's actions.

This uncertainty does not only derive from the peculiarity of the power vacuum that will emerge in Greece until the second round of elections is complete, as it is almost certain that due to the system of proportional representation no government will emerge from the first round. It is mainly due to the international turmoil caused by the Russian invasion of...

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