Turkey and the European Union: Cooperating on Asylum and Migration, For All the Wrong Reasons

There is not much good news regarding Turkey’s relationship with the European Union. Even though opportunities for cooperation do exist (on trade and foreign policy, for instance), any attempt at rekindling the relationship seems to drown easily in tensions driven by negative domestic developments.

Turkey and the Euro-Atlantic Community: Turbulence and Ties of Interest

2014 was another year characterized by turbulence in Turkish relations with Europe and the United States. In Turkey’s neighborhood, large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory fell under the control of the Islamic State group and Russia annexed Crimea.

The Eurozone in 2014: Some Improvements, but More Must Be Done

Sometimes a figure says more than 1,000 words. The euro devaluated 9 percent against the U.S. dollar in 2014. At the beginning of that year, one had to pay $1.37 for €1. At the end of the year it was only $1.21 to €1 (and late January 2015 $1.13: €1).

The Islamic State Group and the Tragedy of the Yazidis

The recent emergence of the radical so-called Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria and its cruel exercise of power has created outrage around the world. Last year, a broad-based international coalition was created with the aim of eliminating this dangerous terrorist organization.

The Growing Transatlantic Divide on Israel

It is looking more and more as if the United States and Europe are about to go their separate ways on the best approach to Israel, the Palestinians, and the moribund peace process.