The future of Europe will be imperilled if the birthplace of democracy agrees to extradite eight ‘coup plotters’ to TurkeyHard questions for democracies have piled up with a speed we have yet to take in. After the cold war, westerners asked how to stand up to autocrats. Should we intervene to stop genocide in Bosnia? Or demand sanctions and boycotts to protect the rights of Tibetans? The rise of communist China, Putin’s Russia and Erdoğan’s Turkey changed the terms of debate. The question was no longer should we intervene, but could we intervene against powers more than able to resist pressure?
Turkey said it protests Greek rejection of Turkish demand of extradition of eight fugitive troops, vowing it will evaluate the impacts of this decision on different aspects of bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Supreme Court ruled that they would face “the curtailment of their fundamental human rights” if they were sent back to Turkey.
Russia showed its intent to greatly expand its military presence in Syria, and Turkey seemed to soften its opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan played a local drum, the “TamTam,” in the Tanzanian city Dar es Salaam during his official visit to the country.