Last week, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan issued an unexpected written declaration.

He said that “We wish that the Armenians who lost their lives in the context of the early 20th century rest in peace, and we convey our condolences to their grandchildren”.

For decades, every effort on the part of Turkey to move towards democracy and any discussion about its European future were overshadowed by the question: When will Turkey recognise the genocide of the Armenian people that was com...

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