Tension in Relations between Turkey and Germany: Germany’s New Orientation

During the past few months Germany and Turkey have been engaged in verbal fight and diplomatic tensions. Despite old ties between the two countries in various fields, especially their commercial and economic ties and in spite of habitation of a considerable number of Turks in Germany, the thing is that after the failed coup in Turkey in July 2016, due to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s efforts for arresting and punishing the participants in the coup and supporters of it and also as a result of his attempts at taking control of the circumstances and establishing his position, a state of affairs has emerged that has led to a more critical situation in relations between Turkey and Germany and, in a wider range, between Turkey and the European Union. And yet, during the past years, Turkey always pursued to be close to Europe and seriously sought to join to the European Union. Under these conditions, it seems that deterioration in relations between the two countries is not in the interests of either side. The following essay is aimed at examining the causes of, and the factors behind, the deterioration in relations between the two countries and its implications for both sides.

You may read the full version of the essay as follows here (in Persian).