European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council Donald Tusk are scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels on May 25. The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the ΝΑΤΟ summit, according to a spokesman for the European Commission.
May 25 is also the day that both Juncker and Tusk will meet US President Donald Trump, as well as the newly elected French president, Emmanuel Macron.
Trump won’t visit the European Commission
The heads of the European Commission and the European Council are probably not planning to host meetings at EU institutions since Trump is expected to reside at the US embassy in Brussels. Trump has not scheduled any visits to the European Commission and will only stop by one of the EU institution buildings, the brand-new Europa building of the European Council.
Erdogan’s first visit to Brussels after failed Turkish coup
Erdogan’s visit to Brussels will be the first of its kind since the attempted coup and the severe tensions that deteriorated EU-Turkey relations. Harsh criticism from Brussels and EU capitals followed Erdogan’s attack on the judiciary, education and the free press.
What is more, the refusal of several European countries to permit Turkish electoral meetings on their territory in the run-up to the Turkish referendum caused relations to break down. Erdogan accused the Dutch government of behaving like Nazis, sparking European backlash.