EU leaders seek to build on improving ties with Turkey

European Union leaders will on Thursday consider diplomatic and economic incentives to encourage strategic southeastern neighbour Turkey to continue improving often fraught ties with the EU and promote stability. Relations with Ankara are on the table at a video summit of the 27 EU nations as the bloc plots a way forward after an alarming spike in tensions last year over Turkey’s gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs the meeting, said the bloc want to step up “engagement with Turkey in a phased, conditional and reversible manner”. T…

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