Erdogan – Our Friend the Autocrat?

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be trying to turn his country into a one-man state. Political opponents and press freedom are under fierce pressure. Despite his autocratic ambitions, the European Union continues negotiations over a refugee deal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised concerns over Turkey’s commitment to democracy at a meeting with President Erdogan earlier this week. Merkel wants to see the refugee deal with Turkey in place as soon as possible. But there are increasing signs that it might not come to fruition at all as accusations and counter-accusations fly back and forth between Brussels, Berlin and Ankara. Is the EU betraying its democratic values by dealing with Erdogan?

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