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Ferdinando Giugliano

The EU Should Stand With Greece on Turkey

Europe faces several foreign policy dilemmas. The Eastern Mediterranean is an opportunity to prove it can unite before an external threat.

Choppy waters.

Choppy waters.

Photographer: Ali Ruhluel/Anadolu Agency

The tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean should be a straightforward matter for the European Union. A member state, Greece, faces territorial claims from a neighboring nation, Turkey.

Instead of rallying behind Greece, however, several EU countries are taking an ambivalent approach, as they are fearful of the political and economic repercussions of antagonizing Ankara. This poses a fundamental issue for the bloc: What does this club of nations stand for if it is not ready to protect its members?