Long-simmering tensions between Turkey and Germany bubbled over this summer, with the once-strong ties approaching historic lows amidst exchanges over espionage, covert support of terrorism and allegations of economic blackmail. While conciliatory noises are coming out of Ankara, it may not be until late autumn or beyond before the temperature cools. The two countries risk…

Turkey has threatened to turn its back on the European Union, abandoning a 50-year quest to join the bloc, even as Ankara’s relationship with the West cools amidst mutual accusations of poor faith, disinterest and incompatibility. Angered by what it sees as a lack of progress in its accession process, a perceived reluctance by the…

While Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish-led offensive into Syria to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces away from the border region, appears to have achieved strong initial success, occupying hundreds of square kilometers of Syrian territory, the longer-term objectives and the consequences of Turkey’s incursion remain unclear. On August 24, armored vehicles…

Battered by a rise in terrorist activity at home, cooling economies in many key markets and political controversy abroad, Turkey’s tourism industry is viewing 2016 as a lost year, with steep downturns in earnings, employment and arrivals affecting the sector and the broader economy. Tourism has become one of the most important industries in Turkey;…