Erdogan’s mirror and the mistakes of the West

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, centre, visits the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey, on June 3, 2023. [Yavuz Ozden/DIA Images via AP]

We are all trying to guess what foreign policy Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will follow after his re-election, toward the West and of course toward Greece. In order to answer this question we need to know if and how much Erdogan depends on the US and Europe in order to face the huge economic crisis his country is facing.

Some seasoned analysts believe he will do everything he can to avoid Western involvement in a possible "rescue" operation for the Turkish economy because he came to power after Turkey had adopted a program by the International Monetary Fund and he well knows the political consequences. They also point to the fact that Turkey does not expect much more from its relationship with the European Union, unlike in the 2000s when expectations were very high.

But there is another factor that has entered the equation. Erdogan believes that he has found...

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