cannot make up their minds which is more important to them: their desire to expand their empire and bring Turkey into their orbit, or their fear of a still-Moslem country that would be the largest in landmass and demographically in Europe.
What Brussels would really like
is to bring the secular, Westernised part of the population into Europe while leaving the ignorant Moslem peasantry where it is.
This is not possible,
hence the endless negotiations that never seem to lead anywhere. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s threat to reintroduce the death penalty therefore comes as a godsend, a pretext on which to end the negotiations on an apparent matter of principle. We in Europe can put up with anything except the death penalty.