When the Republic of Turkey emerged from the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, its national ambition was to join Europe as a modern, secular state.
- Joschka Fischer *
- Project Syndicate
But after much progress, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has now all but squandered his country’s chance of realizing its founders’ vision.
The Ottoman Empire, then known as the “sick man of Europe,” was rapidly disintegrating, and it…