Soner Cagaptay published an article for WSJ and claimed that:

“Ever since they came to power in 2002, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, have sought to tilt Turkey away from its traditional Western allies. The new Turkish policy, framed by Ahmet Davutoglu, previously the foreign minister and now serving as prime minister, was premised on the notion that Ankara could never rise as a regional power if it had good ties only with the West. He has turned out to be catastrophically wrong.”

This statement is inaccurate. In 2002, after the AK party came to power, the relations between the EU and Turkey became closer than at any previous point. At the Brussels Summit held on 16-17 December 2004, the decisions taken in the 1999 Helsinki Summit were reaffirmed. The EU council subsequently decided that Turkey had fulfilled sufficient political criteria, and decided to open accession negotiations with Turkey on 3 October 2005. The 2005-2010 period was a time of great hope in Turkey on the subject of accession to the EU. During the same period, the AKP received vital support from the West in the struggle to evict the Turkish military from politics. Economic cooperation with EU increased a great deal.

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