TURKEY AND THE EU TALK: Post-coup rapprochement? Diplo-speak riddles this Reuters’ report, but getting back to getting along is the general idea. Just remember Erdogan used the coup to solidify his own power and he’s also buddying up with Putin and making nice nice with China. Here’s Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik speaking diplo-speak: “As a result of the meeting, there is very strong consensus about focusing on a positive agenda and further enhancing cooperation between Turkey and the EU.”
That’s exemplary diplo-speak.
The European Union, which depends on Ankara to keep a lid on the movement of migrants to the bloc, had hoped the meeting would ease tensions with Turkey. Celik said Ankara would stick to the migration accord but that the security situation meant it was not realistic to expect the Turkish government to relax its counter-terrorism laws now, as is required by the EU to grant visa-free travel to Turkey. He did not rule out, however, that that could be done in the future and said Ankara was ready for talks on that with the Council of Europe, a European human rights body of which Turkey is a member.