Syrian solidarity protest. Berlin, December 2016.

He never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. So went the Abba Eban-penned 1973 slogan used to describe the late PLO chief, Yasser Arafat, who was routinely blamed for failing to secure peace with Israel.

The same could be more accurately said of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was in the last week increasingly called out, in Berlin and Brussels, for his inability to bring Turkey into the EU.

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