Nonresident Senior Fellow Howard Eissenstat Quoted in France 24 on Turkish-German Relations

On August 17, POMED Nonresident Senior Fellow Howard Eissenstat spoke with Leela Jacinto of France 24 about Turkish-German relations as Turkey formally asked Germany to extradite a suspect in last year’s failed coup attempt:

Relations between Ankara and Berlin have been strained since the post-coup crackdown began, with Germany protesting the arrest of several of its citizens in Turkey. German authorities have also warned its citizens against investing in Turkey.

But Howard Eissenstat, a Turkey expert at St. Lawrence University and nonresident senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), said there were signs that Ankara was trying to ease bilateral relations. “I don’t think Turkey, in my view, is trying to up the ante in its conflict with Germany,” he said. Noting that Germany was Turkey’s main trading partner, Eissenstat observed that, “Turkey needs Germany a lot more than Germany needs Turkey.”

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