Disputes with EU: Turkey can't afford lengthy confrontation with Europe

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (left) and Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu during a press conference in Ankara on July 6, 2020.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (left) and Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu during a press conference in Ankara on July 6, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON - 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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