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'The recent deal between Turkey and the EU represents hard-headed pragmatism, nothing more nothing less'. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

'The recent deal between Turkey and the EU represents hard-headed pragmatism, nothing more nothing less'. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

'The recent deal between Turkey and the EU represents hard-headed pragmatism, nothing more nothing less'. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkey claims it is a European country and has long-standing ambitions to be a member of the EU. Most of Europe does not agree. Whatever about the centuries of conflict between Europe and the Ottoman Empire, there remains deep suspicion within Europe about Turkey's ultimate path towards democracy. Deep-rooted religious and ethnic tensions continue to simmer beneath the surface of the Balkans and its region.

Turkey is a major regional player, but its influence has at times been a major source of instability. The EU is suspicious of its intentions.


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