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Was a United Europe a Mirage?

Angela Merkel’s best intentions could not transform the Turkish President from an ‘Oriental despot’ to a respectable member of the European family. All the German Chancellor, not so long ago affectionately known as ‘Mutti’ (mother), got for enlisting his help in dealing with Europe’s flood of refugees, is a precipitous drop in poll numbers. That glazed look that regularly comes upon the face of Recip Tayep Erdogan should have warned her that he has a severe case of Ottomanossis.

Buoyed by the presence of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Christianity’s sacred bastion, Erdogan has not hesitated to break with a capable foreign minister (Davotoglu) over the conditions he has set out for Turkey to relieve Europe of part of its burden. During the past several months, he has defied Western norms of behavior toward journalists, killing and jailing them right and left, accusing them of supporting Turkey’s Kurdish minority. Increasingly defiant, he recently declared that he would harden Turkey’s definition of terrorism to include the Kurds, adding “You need me more than I need you, so we will each go our own way.”