Since the July 11 – 12, 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius, Turkey – European Union relations have started to be discussed again. However, it is important to see if there is any substance to this debate. Relations have gone backwards, especially since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, the seventh anniversary of which we just
President Tayyip Erdoğan left Türkiye on July 10 to attend NATO Summit in Lithuania saying, “First pave the way for Türkiye in the European Union, and then we will pave the way for Sweden.” After a two-hour flight, he landed in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, where the summit will be held on July 11-12.
The Wagner uprising did not topple Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it shook his seat, reduced his power, and, if not all, shook his charisma. Putin’s claim that he now has full domestic support in the face of NATO pressure over the Ukraine war will no longer be as convincing as before. Among those breathing