France, Turkey and Sarkozy’s Strategic Vision

Yesterday, I half-jokingly noted the long trail of mediations necessary to get the Israeli-Syrian peace track back in gear. What I forgot to mention regarding a French role in that process is that before France can mediate between Israel and Turkey, someone’s got to mediate between France and Turkey. That’s because of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s vocal opposition to Turkey’s EU accession. There’s been some recent chatter that France and Turkey have arrived at a modus vivendi on that issue. But I would be very surprised if Sarkozy doesn’t reverse positions on Turkey completely should he win a second term […]

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