Turkey and the Union for the Mediterranean

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It looks like Nicolas Sarkozy will have a full house on Sunday for the launch summit of the Union for the Meditaerranean. After weeks of uncertainty about Turkey’s participation, President Abdullah Gul just announced he’d be arriving in Paris tomorrow. His visit coincides with what Turkish FM Ali Babacan called “positive signals” from the EU regarding the opening of new negotiation chapters for Turkey’s EU accession. Turkey is increasingly tying its participation in the UM — which seems more and more crucial as Turkey’s regional influence (see this and thi on PM Erdogan’s visit to Baghdad) grows — to its […]


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