Greece Turkey

The search for Franco-German consensus on the Eastern Mediterranean: The Paris/Ankara row and its consequences for the EU


French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

Project Members:

Dorothée Schmid, Senior Research Fellow, Head of Ifri's Turkey and Middle East Programme
Eric André Martin, Secretary General of the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)
Aris Marghélis, Associate Researcher Fellow at the Maritime and Oceanic Law Center (CDMO), University of Nantes
Jana Jabbour, Associate Doctor at CERI, teacher at Sciences Po, Communication and Public Information Officer at UNESCO

Project Duration: Feb 21 - Dec 21


Dorothée Schmid, email: schmid(at)

Yasmina Dahech, email: turquie(at)

This research project aims at identifying the underlying biases shaping France’s foreign policy towards Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the way it may impact the EU’s external positions. The definition of French interests seems to be directly at odds with what is perceived as Turkey’s exaggerated adventurism in the region, to the point of triggering military escalation. While French decision-makers argue that they have a more realist appraisal of the situation and aim at preserving European stakes, the lack of common denominator amongst other EU member states only produces more fragmentation. France’s hard response affects Franco-German cooperation en passant, while a more coordinated response could decisively and positively affect the power relationship with Ankara.

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