EGF Turkey File, 16 June — 30 June 2013

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Insights into Turkish Domestic and International Politics

16 June — 30 June 2013

By John VanPool, EGF Turkey and Black Sea Regional Analyst

Key Points:

  • Germany again blocks Turkey's EU accession negotiations, citing the AKP government's response to the Taksim Square protests.
  • Turkey's leading official in charge of EU negotiations criticizes German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the matter.
  • Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan continues assertions that foreign powers are at play behind the protest movement.
  • A lack of evidence to this assertion, and the obvious lack of a "Deep State" that he subdued continues to make Erdogan look like a leader proffering conspiracy theories rather than listening to protesters demands.
  • NABUCCO (West) meets its end when Shah Deniz Consortium chooses TAP pipeline project on June 28.
  • NABUCCO's end is a result of over a decade of rising cost and changing geopolitical positions of the stakeholders involved.

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