In this previous post, I linked to an article about Turkey's growing economic and political influence in the Balkans. The Associated Press now has a very good story on the same subject, looking at the inroads Ankara is making in the region, as well as some of the resistance, based on historical grievances, it is encountering in some places. From the article:
he minarets and Turkish coffeehouses in this southern Serbian town are reminders of the Muslim empire that once shook Europe's foundations by pushing armies all the way to the gates of Vienna.
Now Turkey — the modern state that replaced the Ottoman empire — is staging a comeback. Turkey's fast-growing economic clout is allowing it into Europe through the back door, even as its dream of joining the continent through the path of EU membership founders.
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