Turkey has won the favor of the EU by promising to halt illegal migration flows to Europe. In return, the EU will grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel in Europe's Schengen zone
Turkey is waging a targeted war against Kurds in Syria and journalists who criticize it are being arrested. Meanwhile, NATO allies and Russia are all burying their heads in the sand, says Baha Gungor.
The Turkish army's attack on the Kurdish YPG militia is creating blowback in Germany and mobilizing diaspora communities. A sustained Turkish intervention in Syria against the Kurds could cause trouble for Germany.
By launching an offensive against Kurdish YPG militias in northern Syria, Turkey is again proving itself to be an unpredictable actor. The failure of Turkey's partners to speak up smacks of cynicism, says Kersten Knipp.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there was "no stepping back" from Syria's Afrin as Turkey's army clashed with Kurds in their push to take the city. Kurdish forces accused Ankara of backing the "Islamic State" group.
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