Collateral Damage

On a related Turkey-Greek Cyprus note, this article in the Turkish Daily News discusses how the Cyprus conflict has basically frozen Turkey’s participation in EU defense, as well as interfered with EU-NATO defense cooperation. I’m not so sure about the latter, given the nature of the Berlin Plus agreement, and various European opponents to Turkey’s EU candidacy might be putting more barriers in place than the article allows for. Either way, from a political point of view, Turkey makes a great partner for EU defense, for the obvious reason that it’s a secular, democratic Muslim country. So if Cyprus really is the sticky point, this amounts to a relatively minor border issue getting in the way of some major potential upside.

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