After unsuccessful attempts by the EU to urge the Turkish government to вЂњimmediatelyвЂќ stop exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, France has clearly sided with Athens вЂ” and intends to increase its military presence in the region. Unlike France, Germany did not side with any of the conflicting countries. Some observers have sharply criticized this position and wonder what the reasons for this behavior of the big powers are.
Berlin threw Paris in trouble
Germany should support France and unambiguously oppose Turkey, вЂ” this is the opinion of the philosopher Jean-Loup Bonnami on the pages of Le Figaro:
вЂњIf our partnership with Germany were truly privileged, then Chancellor Merkel would have to support us in the fight against aggression and Islamic expansion of Turkey. ... The European Union must take tough measures against Turkey, such as absolute support for Greece (which is quite natural, since Greece is a member of the EU), assistance to the French contingent in the eastern Mediterranean, excluding the Kurdistan Workers' Party from the list of terrorist organizations and the adoption of economic sanctions in order to eventually collapse the Turkish lira. ... If Germany resists such measures, then France will have to draw certain conclusions вЂ” and declare the death of the German-French tandem.вЂњ
It's time to prioritize
Efimerida ton Syntakton is disappointed by the fact that Brussels is not providing enough support to Greece in the conflict with Turkey:
вЂњThis United Europe considers it more important to overthrow Lukashenka, but not to protect two of its members вЂ” Greece and Cyprus, which are constantly being attacked by Turkey. It is clear that Europe is not united and has no common principles, values, or interests. So can such a community be expected to protect our national interests? Of course not вЂ” as long as we are dominated by the will of the elites, and not by European values and principles. However, as a member of the EU, we have every right to demand that the relevant authorities protect our interests within the framework of international law!вЂњ
Germany benefits from conflict
Evrensel writes about why Germany has taken a less aggressive position towards Turkey than France:
вЂњCompared to other EU countries, Germany has the closest political, economic, and military relations with Turkey. Therefore, Germany will only benefit if the tension in the current situation decreases, and the problems are resolved through dialogue. A balanced attitude towards both countries [Greece and Turkey] is only for the benefit of the German economy. After all, both countries, currently in a confrontational mood, are the best clients of the German defense industry. That is, Germany wins even if their relationship deteriorates, as arms sales will only increase.вЂњ
It's not just about energy
As noted by the Milliyet newspaper, the current confrontation must be viewed in a broader context:
вЂњFor Turkey, the rich deposits of this region are of great importance. ... They could cover the country's energy needs for years to come вЂ” and spur its economic development. Turkey's determination to seize this opportunity is one of the reasons for the current dispute with the Greek Cypriots and Athens. The second cause of conflict has a strategic dimension. In pursuit of the Blue Homeland doctrine, the Turkish leadership is seeking to transform Turkey into a powerful regional and even global power. The goal is to make Ankara the most influential player in the vast space stretching from the Middle East to North Africa.вЂњ
Do not let relations with Turkey take its course!
In foreign policy, Erdogan is guided by the example of Putin, вЂ” said Mark Leonard, head of the think tank European Council on Foreign Relations. As he writes in his article El Pais, the EU should pay more attention to its relations with Turkey:
вЂњTurkey is not a new Russia, but it can become one of the approaches to the situation is wrong. So far, most Europeans see Turkey as a difficult partner rather than a systemic rival. However, the Europeans should have remembered the difficult lessons that have been learned from the situation with Russia over the past 15 years. Relations between the EU and Turkey need new, mutually agreed principles, as well as clear boundaries, which would prevent further destabilization of the region.вЂќ