The Sick Man of Europe Returns

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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.

Tarex 1aBERLIN – One of the great geopolitical issues in nineteenth-century Europe was the so-called Eastern Question.

The Ottoman Empire, then known as the “sick man of Europe,” was rapidly disintegrating, and it…

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