Brussels, Belgium – Greece and Turkey are vying for Germany’s favor, and the apple of discord will be in the hands of German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the European Council on December 10-11, 2020.
The Greek government seems disappointed in Germany’s objective and fair policy. The disappointment sentiment was reflected in Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’ views, stressing that Germany is not living up to its hegemonic role.
On the contrary, during the recent meeting of NATO foreign ministers, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu praised Germany as “the only honest broker” in solving the Greek-Turkish dispute.
Greece and Greek Cypriots are naturally unhappy with Germany’s stance, expecting Germany to challenge Turkey at the European Council summit on December 10-11, 2020.
Unfortunately, Greece and Greek Cypriots were admitted to the EU with their current unresolved problems . Also, the EU then ignored these problems of Greece and Greek Cypriots with Turkey in Aegean and Mediterranean.
Germany has been criticized for promoting a policy based on “fairness” and “principles,” norms and putting EU’s economic interests first. The criticism is not valid. The key difference lies in the way in which Greece, Greek Cypriots and EU view the role of Turkey in the Europe.
Consequently, Germany by no means wants to isolate Turkey. Not only because of the migration issue, but because the EU, cannot possibly survive in the form of a medieval-style fortified tower under constant siege. From the EU’s perspective, Turkey is like a controlled opening, which is what it needs these days for European security.