Thursday 21 October 2021, 20:26
We have become accustomed to starring (positively and negatively) in the European scene for the last almost ten years.
But the time has come and Angela Merkel is preparing to hand over the reins of the chancellery to Olaf Solz. The forthcoming EU Summit in Brussels will, unexpectedly, be the last to be attended by the “iron lady” of European politics. Although there is always the possibility that Mrs Merkel will miss another meeting, that of December, everything shows that we are entering the final stretch of her departure.
The end of Merkel’s era in Europe comes at a time when Turkish provocations are intensifying. Tayyip Erdogan seems to be pulling the rope more and more day by day.
Europe, though reluctant, will inevitably face Ankara. Jose Borel has already announced his return to the table of sanctions list to Turkey. A conversation that had faded.
In this context, the departure of Angela Merkel does not affect in one way or another the aggressive behavior of the Turkish President. Let us not forget, after all, that the German chancellor, either through her silence or through her actions, had supported Ankara, making Berlin a clear ally of Turkey.
It remains to be seen in the near future how much Merkel’s departure will affect Tayyip Erdogan, as he will know that he will be missing from the chancellery.
Some believe that the absence will act as a catalyst for concrete measures to be taken by Brussels against Ankara.
Others estimate that the development in Berlin will not have a significant impact and that Mr. Erdogan will continue his course “fearlessly”.
In any case, the German chancellor is in Greece at the end of next week. Mrs. Merkel accepted the invitation of Kyriakos Mitsotakis in order to proceed to Athens, on the occasion of the end of her journey to the Chancellery.
The chancellor will visit our country next Friday. He will have meetings with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister and all interests are focused on the statements they do not make on Greek soil. She has already given a first taste, admitting that … “she had treated the Greeks very harshly”, as was her characteristic phrase.