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After The Referendum
Another Big Step Toward the Turkey-EU Divorce
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  • Beauceron

    “If you want, we could open the way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind of Europe.”

    — Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu

    “You did not keep your word. When 50,000 refugees were at the Kapıkule [Turkey-Bulgaria] border, you cried out. You started to say: ‘What will we do if Turkey opens border gates?’ If you go too far, the border gates will be opened…The European Union is not acting sincerely with Turkey. We have taken in 3 million refugees, whereas the EU’s only concern is keeping them out of its territory. If our demands are not met, readmissions will no longer be possible.”

    — Turkish President Recep Erdoğan
    Europe has no cards to play.
    They’ll do what Turkey tells them to do.
    Or maybe not. It strikes me as madness, but it does seem many Europeans want all of those migrants. That would, of course, mean Turkey has no cards to play.

    • Andrew Allison

      Let’s face it, Erdogan has turned his back on the EU. The onlypath for refugees from Turkey is through Greece, which has a rather short land border with Turkey. Close that and the sea routes and the Tucks get to suck up the refugees. Alternatively, if push came to shove the EU could, in exchange for some-or-all-of-the-never-to-be-repaid money loaned and more, turn Greece into a giant resettlement camp, i.e. a staging post for their return to Turkey and/or their point of departure to Turkey. Of course, the EU doesn’t (yet), have the stomach for such draconian measures but, given enough terrorist attacks, might.

  • Fat_Man

    Can we divorce them too?

    • Andrew Allison

      They’re already divorced; the question is whether/when the EU will acknowledge the fact.and what it will do about it.

      • Fat_Man

        We need to get our troops and our weapons out of the Incirlik airbase..

        • Andrew Allison

          Couldn’t agree more. Also the far, far more enjoying cushy billets in Europe.

  • I am not certain which body has done more harm to the ideals of Western democracy today, the European Union’s flawed policies or the Turkish government under Erdogan.

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