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Antoine MICHON

Building European Strategic Autonomy vs. Turkish Strategic Depth: Macron's Diplomatic Gamble.

This week, Ifri, in partnership with CATS Network, is launching a series of five videos on the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, seen through the prism of the geopolitical rivalry between France and Turkey. 

France’s and Turkey’s divergent strategies in the EastMed have direct consequences on the European Strategic Autonomy, according to Antoine Michon. Both presidents have used their rivalry in the region to advance their own political agendas. For Emmanuel Macron, using Turkey as a ‘bugbear’ is a way to push forward the European Strategic Autonomy. However, the politicization of their rivalry also fits into Erdogan’s domestic and regional strategy.

Emmanuel Macron European Union European Union external relations French European Policy Recep Tayyip Erdogan Strategic autonomy Turkish foreign policy Eastern Mediterranean France Turkey