One of the trickiest questions in President Sarkozy’s pet Mediterranean Union project is where does Turkey fit in? Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants an answer to that question, and he has been meeting the French president for pre-summit talks.
The Turks are concerned. Is the Mediterranean Union a sop offered to Ankara by a France determined to prevent Turkey’s full EU membership? Erdogan only came to this summit at the last minute, and is looking for guarantees that this is only a halfway house and not a final destination for Turkey’s EU aspirations.
The two men also have a busy agenda on Middle East affairs, most notably the resumption of Ankara’s sponsoring of indirect Syrian-Israeli negotiations.