Turkey has proved itself an intricate part in European Union’s efforts to manage the refugee crisis in the conflicted State of Syria and North Africa. The European Coast Guard Agency forcibly pushed over 10,000 refugees into Turkey from the Aegean Sea. The European Union and Turkey are going through tough times and their diplomatic relations has taken a serious hit after Turkey started exploring for gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, which provoked Cyprus and Greece. This article covers the European Union’s approach of showing immense political will and confidence building measures.
Shubhankar Paul, a student of MA at European Studies at Manipal Centre for European Studies–Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) writes on the opportunity for long-term cooperation between the two.