The key challenge for Turkey is not the form of its relationship with the EU, but the fact that it crucially needs EU markets, funds, and investment to prosper. This in turn requires the rule of law, not the rule of the arbitrary. Choices will have to be made in Ankara.
Syrian government forces and Russian military are close to launching an offensive on the last rebel stronghold of Syria, in Idlib province. The UN issued a warning yesterday, saying millions of civilians in Idlib province will be in danger when the attack occurs.
Strengthening military capacity is necessary, but should not be seen as the only priority of the country. The war can unite people and benefit those who are able to ride the wave of patriotism and collective emotion, but an one-dimensional take on statesmanship will soon show its limits.