The first meeting of the European Political Community, which was put forward by French President Emanuel Macron at the EU leaders’ summit held in June, will be held in Prague, the capital of Czechia, on 6-7 October. The announcement that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend the meeting received wide coverage in the Czech media. While 44 heads of state and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attended the summit, the Czech media carried President Erdogan to their headlines in the news about the summit.
In the news titled “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the unofficial EU summit”, one of the leading Czech media outlets, Lidovky.cz news site, stated that President Erdogan could hold a bilateral meeting after the request of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. “It has been confirmed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the informal EU summit in Prague on Thursday,” the daily political newspaper Denik said. “The West will fine-tune tactics in Prague to counter the continued Russian aggression,” the Seznamzpravy news site headlined. President Erdogan also agrees.
The Czech news channel CNN Prima News said, “End of speculation. Erdogan will go to the EU summit in Prague, the Turkish Ambassador confirmed.” In the news that made the headline with the headline, it was claimed that President Erdogan’s participation in the summit was not known for a long time, and that this delay was due to the speculation that some EU member states, especially France, did not want Erdogan’s participation.
“Negotiations will be strengthened again”
Speaking to the Czech media after President Erdoğan announced that he would attend the summit in Prague, Turkey’s Ambassador to Prague, Egemen Bagis, said, “Turkey wants the negotiations, which the European Union has put in a deadlock for years, to get stronger again after this summit. The recent global crises reminded EU leaders of Turkey’s strategic importance.
Message of show of force against Russia
In the letter of invitation sent to the heads of states to attend the summit, “The European Political Community aims to be able to work in political coordination by bringing together the countries of the European continent at this difficult crossroad, where Russia’s fierce war has had dramatic consequences affecting us all and has challenged our common security and stability on many fronts.” it was said. This statement in the invitation letter was interpreted as a message of show of power by Europe against Russia.
In addition to the leaders of 27 EU member states, Turkey, Albania, Azerbaijan, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Georgia, Switzerland, Iceland, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Liechtenstein will attend the European Political Community (ATS) Summit to be held in Prague. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg will attend, along with the leaders of Moldova, Norway, Serbia and Ukraine.
On the first day of the Summit, a meeting with wide participation including non-member countries will be held, while the leaders of EU member states will attend the meeting on the second day.