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Disputes between EU, Turkey will take years to disentangle

But ailing Turkish economy could force Erdogan to dial down tensions with Europe

Mr Josep Borrell, the European Union's foreign policy chief, has just concluded a two-day visit to Turkey in an effort to patch up relations between Europe and one of its most strategically significant neighbours.

But although Mr Borrell, a former Spanish foreign minister, was all smiles when he left the Turkish capital of Ankara, he was also forced to admit that relations between the EU and Turkey are "far from ideal".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2020, with the headline 'Disputes between EU, Turkey will take years to disentangle'. Subscribe