The AuthorEbubekir ISIK Ebubekir ISIK is a Policy Analyst at Vocal Europe. He works on EU Foreign Policy, and Turkey. The European Union (EU) and its member states have expressed their concerns over Turkey’s ongoing incursion into northeast Syria. With the military operation named Peace Spring, Turkey declared that it aims at eliminating the terrorist threat to Turkey’s southern borders; creating a safe zone to ensure that Syrian refugees return to their home countries; and protecting the territorial integrity of Syria. Both EU representatives as well as European national governments  are alarmed that the EU might become a victim of US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria, thus allowing Turkey to send its armed forces across the border to create a self-declared “safe zone”. However, it is very difficult to get the European concerns straight. On the one hand, the EU and its member states are in opinion that western military presence in northern Syria would be beneficial to EU’s security. On the other hand, neither the EU capitals at large nor the EU itself seem very determined to deploy a European military mission on the ground. Putting aside EU’s externalization of its own security concerns to other regional and global actors in Syria, there is no doubt that the EU will suffer the consequences if violence in northern Syria intensifies again. Therefore, it is practically pointless for the EU to blame US President Donald Trump when he states that the Europeans must assume more responsibility. Click Here to Read the Entire Policy Brief POLICY BRIEF | Turkey’s 🇹🇷 incursion into northeast Syria: Why does it matter to the 🇪🇺 EU? | by @isik_ebubekir For the entire paper: https://t.co/Sp4LBj6NlK pic.twitter.com/1p1OmmBqys — Vocal Europe (@thevocaleurope) October 17, 2019  https://thedefensepost.com/2019/10/09/turkey-operation-peace-spring-syria-sdf/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5GbmLLedEU  https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-sanctions-against-turkey-on-the-table-france-syria/  https://www.aa.com.tr/en/energy/energy-security/turkey-us-launch-joint-work-on-safe-zone-in-n-syria/26146  https://www.clingendael.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/Report_Trumps_Impact_on_European_Security.pdf print Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.