It might already be too late to expect that a heartfelt conversation that would open the door to more constructive relationships, particularly after Macron’s announcement that NATO is brain dead. If Trump wins a second term, this will only accelerate the process. And NATO allies like Turkey will not see much reason to curb their ambitions.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over his comments from last week pledging to fight “Islamist separatism,” accusing the French leader of “impertinence” and "provocation." "Speaking about Islam's structuring as the leader of France is overstepping and impertinence," said Erdoğan. "Who are you to utter a phrase like Islam's structuring?"Erdoğan asked.
AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik has slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for "supporting hate crimes" with his new plan against "Islamist separatism." "With this approach, Macron supports hate crimes and not democracy and human rights. It only would provide ideological ammunition to terrorist groups like ISIS," Çelik said. "We invite all European democrats to stand against this totalitarian attempt," he added.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Oct. 1 that he had evidence that Syrian fighter had travelled through Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep on their way to the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces this week marked the biggest escalation in years of the decades-old conflict.
Turkey is trying to procure European-made air defense systems and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam SAMP/T air missile systems, Elysee sources told Bloomberg. Macron reportedly told Erdoğan that Turkey must clarify its objectives in northern Syria before the request could be considered.
Turkey expects a prudent and constructive approach from France as de-escalation of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean continues, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 22 in a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
French President Emmanuel Macron has posted a tweet in Turkish, saying that the EU has sent a clear message to Turkey on the eastern Mediterranean. "In Ajaccio, we sent a clear message to Turkey: let's reopen a responsible dialogue, in good faith, without naivety. This call is now also that of the European Parliament," Macron said in his tweet.
As Erdoğan and Macron trade insults and predictions of each other’s brevity, Duvar English takes a look at the barbs that the two ancient empires have received and delivered.
Turkey said on Aug. 30 that it is capable of deterring anyone that challenges its stance with regards to the eastern Mediterranean issue by “dispatching an armada.” The statement came after French President Macron said he had adopted a "red-line policy" in the region by backing Greece against Turkey over the exploration of energy resources.
French President Macron has accused his Turkish counterpart Erdoğan of pursuing a policy aimed at destabilizing the European Union. Macron said that although he opposes escalation between the EU and Turkey, he considers it necessary to give a symmetrical response to Erdoğan’s policy.
Following a call with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotaki, French President Emanuel Macron announced he would deploy additional ships to the eastern Mediterranean and called on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration in disputed waters.
French President Macron has accused Turkey of violations of the U.N. arms embargo and of importing Syrian fighters to Libya. "I think this is a historic and criminal responsibility for someone who claims to be a member of NATO," he said.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on June 22 that Turkey is playing "a dangerous game" in Libya as France sees Ankara as an obstacle to securing a cease-fire in the conflict-torn country.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak several European leaders have called launching an all-encompassing Marshall Plan-style public investment program to mitigate the economic impact. Turkey was a part of the Marshall Plan as it was automatically considered to be a part of Europe and the Western bloc back in 1951. How about now?
Turkish President Erdoğan on March 17 held a teleconference with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain. The quartet summit discussed the Syria crisis and migrant issue as well as joint action against coronavirus, Turkish presidency said.