Brussels, Belgium – European Union Council President Charles Michel spoke in sanctions language once again, saying at the September 24-25 summit that they would resort to the ‘carrot-stick’ method for Turkey. However, Turkey’s expectation from the EU in the Eastern Mediterranean, which calls for ‘dialogue’ at every opportunity, is to set an impartial and objective position.

European Union Council President Charles Michel said the previous day that union leaders will resort to the ‘carrot-and-stick’ method on Turkey at their summit in Brussels on September 24-25. It’s an incentive, an approach that means a mechanism for sanctions. Turkey has already informed the EU that it will respond in the same way to the possible method of sanctions.

Promotion and Sanction

“We will determine the tools in our foreign policy, a carrot-and-stick approach; what tools to use to improve relations, what tools to use if we are not respected, ” Michel, who is preparing to host the summit, told reporters about the meeting. We want to be respected, ” he said.

As the EU makes statements supporting Greece and the GCA, which are members of the Eastern Mediterranean crisis, Turkey expects a more objective and impartial approach, rather than a ‘carrot and stick’ policy. Turkey, which has been treated negatively from other candidate countries since the beginning, has other expectations from the EU that relations and membership negotiations will be conducted without internal political motives, modernization of the customs union and visa exemption. These elements are also included in the March 18 agreement on the migration crisis, which was agreed between Turkey and the EU.

EU has not done its part

Although Turkey fulfilled its part in this document, the EU did not perform the same. It is well known in Brussels that Turkey responds to every positive step of the EU in the same way, and that a constructive approach to be adopted will respond to Ankara. The question of’ what kind of opening the leaders can make at the EU summit ‘ does not yet have a clear answer. Since Turkey’s 15-year negotiation process has already turned into some kind of sanctions due to blocked headlines and decisions made by internal political assessments, the potential for the sanctions approach to have an impact on Turkey is quite low.

Conference proposal

Because of the drilling, Turkey is subject to a target-oriented, minimal level of EU sanctions. Some countries, led by Greece and the GCA, are scrambling for possible new sanctions to be comprehensive. The EU’s need for cooperation with Turkey in areas such as energy, security and migration hampers the idea of broad sanctions. Michel’s proposal to hold a multilateral conference to reduce tensions has not yet received a clear response from within the EU and Turkey. Michel is expected to meet with President Tayyip Erdogan today. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu can hold talks in Brussels before the summit.

What’s the carrot and stick tactic?

The carrot and stick tactic, which is sometimes referenced in international relations, can be summarized as ‘rewarding good behavior, punishing bad behavior’. This method has the potential to create impact when applied to countries that are more like small-scale, do not have multidimensional relationships and influence.

Greece complains Turkey to UN Secretary-General

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias complained about Turkey to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres, whom he met in New York. Prime Minister Kiriakos Micotakis presented Guterres with a letter containing Greek theses on the “Oruç Reis” crisis, Dendias said. “I described Turkey’s illegal actions that create problems for the stability of the region. We also talked about the agreement on maritime boundary delimitation that we signed with Egypt. In addition, we exchanged views on what developments might happen after the Turkish Cypriot (TRNC) elections (in October),” he said. Dendias also had a phone call yesterday with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg. “We talked about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the need to reduce tensions by Turkey,” he wrote on his social media account.