Beren wrote:Because he has to, he shouldn't play it if Turkey could have joined the EU. Since they were refused, the Turks had to realise they're a Middle Eastern power and have to play accordingly. While Western politics is like a well-organised multi-table tournament with limited risks, Middle Eastern politics is a high stakes cash game for real gamblers and professionals.
Turkey can have a close relationship with the EU without being a member. Erdogan chose to orient Turkey towards the ME because that suits his own ambitions and his orientation towards Islam. Of course Turkey cannot break with the EU not entirely, for that it is economically far too important.
The ME is a joke. Especially for a NATO member the size of Turkey. What limits Turkish action in the ME are the US and Russia. If it were next to China that would be a different matter. The next geopolitical conflict will be in East Asia.