Why Can't Europe and Turkey Get Along

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Now that Turkey's local elections are out of the way, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is free to focus on economic and political reforms. Progress is needed, and quickly — not only to get the country through these turbulent economic times but also to avert the risk of a breakdown in E.U.-Turkey relations before the end of the year. The irony is that the relationship is most at risk at a time when the E.U. and Turkey need each other more than ever.

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