The whopping €3 billion inducement negotiated between Turkey and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is already being sneered at by the Turkish government, with the country’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stating in an interview that he didn’t intend for his country to become a “concentration camp” for migrants either – implying the nation will not stop migrants going to Europe.
The deal, struck last week, shocked observers across the continent not just because of the huge sums of money involved, but also due to the promise from the European Union that they would “liberalise” visa restrictions between the EU and Turkey. Mrs. Merkel followed up with a visit to Ankara this weekend where she pledged to fast-track Turkish EU membership, a policy backed by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
In effect, this would lead to an open border between Turkey and EU member states, including Britain, meaning that a further 75 million people from the Islamist-run country could find their way into Europe with no resistance.
But the situation has deteriorated further, with Mr. Davutoğlu unceremoniously announcing last night: “We spoke of 3 billion euros [$3.4 billion] as ‘fresh money’ but it is not a fixed sum. Our [financial] needs may increase.”
So less than a week after the deal was finalised, the Turkish are now moving the goalposts. And not just this – take a look at what he said on actually stopping the migration – as the deal was supposed to do:
“We cannot accept an understanding like ‘give us the money and they stay in Turkey’,” he said.
“I told this to Merkel, too. No one can accept Turkey becoming a country like a concentration camp where all refugees live,” revealing that in private conversations with lead-negotiator Mrs. Merkel, he basically admitted that Turkey would do little to stem migration despite being offered everything under the sun.
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