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Turkey’s Balkan comeback

Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by bsruzm, May 16, 2018 at 4:53 PM.

  1. bsruzm

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    Whats the point?Either you have big trade like ASEAN which they don't - miniscule compared to trade with west,or capture its market or have strategic purposes,otherwise its just photo op.Turkey would have been really powerful if it could have somehow become leader of balkan confederation or economic bloc ,but that doesn't seem to happen.Turkey itself seems confused on whether it wants to be a western european oriented country or a eastern muslim civilization oriented country - a difficult choice due to its geography.Culturally and personally erdogan wants to go east,but his economy wants to go west as middle east is an economic wasteland.Also they have russia stepping on their toes at every move,erdogan can't move anywhere without putin's consent and he dare not leave NATO even though he dislikes it,because of this russian presence.In the East erdogan despises israel ,but can't join hands with its enemy shia iran.Iran is creating its own sphere of influence right on turkey's doorstep with syria,lebanon and iraq under iranian defacto control.More problems with gulf arabs due to qatar.Its a big mess.
     
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    Ottomans were ruling there for centuries. Balkan is like Turks' backyard.
     
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    Lets just not be delusional, apart from Bosnians pretty much everybody in Balkan has negative views of Turkey, even Albanians and Kosovo Albanians.
     
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    Despite your description of Turkey's position in Balkans, MIT still makes wonders. I wouldn't say everybody, you would be surprised.