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Does Erdogan’s Turkey Belong in NATO? – Wall Street Journal

Every member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has enthusiastically welcomed Finland and Sweden except one: Turkey, which on Wednesday blocked an early vote to begin accession talks. For reasons that are political, parochial and irrelevant to the decision, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a hard line in his efforts to derail the prospective …

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‘Pain in the Neck’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Is the Most Cursed Member of NATO – The Daily Beast

‘BIG MAN WITH A BAD TEMPER’ The bane of NATO’s cocktail parties has been humiliating the alliance for years—and it’s only getting worse. It’s no wonder Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a reputation for being the curmudgeon of NATO. You would be, too, if your international claims-to-fame included jailing some 13,000 people for “insulting” …

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Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U. – The New York Times

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil. BRUSSELS — Europe’s effort to stand up to Russia and Vladimir V. Putin, its president, is being slowed by two strongmen leaders insisting on the priority of their national interests and playing …

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Greek PM backs new NATO applicants as Turkey undermines alliance – The Jerusalem Post

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday following his meeting with US President Joe Biden on Monday. The important visit comes as Greco-American relations are reaching new heights. Greece is a positive and important member of NATO. Meanwhile, Turkey has threatened Sweden and Finland for seeking to join …

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Why Erdoğan’s NATO Blackmail Is Subversion – Middle East Forum

Once again, Turkey is the odd one out in the NATO alliance. The country’s Islamist strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is trying to turn what appears to be the most strategic move in NATO’s history into carpet-trading at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Erdoğan said on May 13 that his country is “not favorable” toward Finland and …

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Turkey’s Growing Foreign Policy Ambitions | Council on Foreign Relations

Turkey’s geography and membership in NATO have long given the country an influential voice in foreign policy, but the assertive policies of President Erdogan have complicated its role. Summary Founded in 1923 from the remains of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey pursued a secular, Western-aligned foreign policy by joining NATO and seeking closer ties with the …

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