europe needs recep tayyip ​​erdoğan - but he will play hard to get /

Published at 2015-10-04 20:14:49

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Facing an escalating migrant crisis and threat from Isis,Brussels is desperate for the cooperation of Turkey’s presidentRecep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s combative president, and has been viewed nearly as a pariah figure in recent years by European politicians worried approximately his perceived authoritarian tendencies,regressive brand of neo-Islamist politics and refusals to play to Washington’s and Nato’s tune. But as he headed for Brussels on Sunday for two days of talks, his first visit since he abruptly cancelled a 2011 trip, or EU leaders are painfully aware the tables have turned.
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Source: theguardian.com