"Discretion before valour
Apr 26th 2007 | ISTANBUL
From The Economist print edition
The prime minister puts his foreign minister forward as president
TURKEY'S European Union dreams almost died on December 17th 2004 at a Brussels summit. After hours of wrangling over Cyprus, the mildly Islamist Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stormed out. Only one man could persuade him to return: Abdullah Gul, his foreign minister. The row was resolved and Turkey's EU candidacy was confirmed."
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