The EU (Germany we should say) continues to appease Erdogan. This is a mistake for many reasons.
Our position regarding Turkey is well-known and we continue to believe in crippling economic sanctions to adjust Erdogan’s attitude (Turkey is over-dependent on Europe regarding trade) and that membership talks with Turkey should have ended long ago.
In light of Friday’s events regarding the EU’s response, the V4 Report has decided to recirculate two prior posts on why we believe the EU response is weak…something Erdogan thrives upon.
👉 Two days ago:
Tensions rising between Greece and Turkey.
“Our country never threatens but will not suffer blackmail either. This is why it does not succumb to threats or tolerate provocative acts,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised statement Wednesday evening.
Mitsotakis said Greece had deployed naval ships to the area and put the military on alert in response to the Turkish deployment of its own fleet.
“We will never be the ones to escalate the situation. Yet, self-restraint is only one aspect of our power,” Mitsotakis said. “No provocation will … go unanswered. We have demonstrated that we will respond, if necessary. And we will do so again if it is required.”
* The V4 Report believes the response of the EU has been weak and tepid; the actions of Germany in particular has only encouraged Erdogan. Hard economic sanctions (EU has holds great economic leverage on Turkey; over 50% of exports to Europe) that would shatter Turkey’s fragile economy should have been put in motion years ago instead of the constant appeasement.
Greece has responded; now its time for the EU bloc to answer the call, not with plastic EU statements but with concrete action.
The alternative (constant blackmail from Erdogan) is not a position which one should rationalize in order to live with.