Europe Will Pay Turkey €3 Billion To Halt Refugee Exodus

Tyler Durden's picture

In the aftermath of last week's dramatic events which have seen Turkey make a unilateral breach of NATO's unwritten rules of engagement by taking down a Russian jet, coupled with an assault on civil right and expression of speech when two journalists were arrested for exposing Turkish arms smuggling to Syria, culminating with the assassination of a prominent enemy of the state on live TV, one would expect that the "democratic, humanistic" western countries would at least issue a harsh condemnation of Erdogan's behavior.

That won't happen: instead, the European Union will pay Turkey $3.2 billion to help it stop the flow of refugees to Europe from the conflict in Syria, 2.2 million of whom are currently in Turkey and to prevent Europe's worst refugee crisis from getting even worse.

In addition, the banana republic that is Turkey will be one step closer to joining the European Union as EU accession talks are restarted. As AFP reminds us, Turkey is the main gateway for migrants and refugees to reach Europe and Brussels has been wooing Ankara for months to secure its cooperation, but relations remain difficult and the devil will be in the details of the deal they will reach on Sunday.

According to Reuters, Turkey will help the European Union handle the flow of migrants that has called into question the future of Europe's passport-free travel in exchange for cash and restarting stalled talks on EU accession, draft conclusions of an EU-Turkey summit said.

"Both sides will, as agreed and with immediate effect, step up their active cooperation on migrants who are not in need of international protection, preventing travel to Turkey and the EU, ensuring the application of the established bilateral readmission provisions and swiftly returning migrants who are not in need of international protection to their countries of origin," the draft, seen by Reuters, said.

In exchange, Turkey will get 3 billion euros of initial aid to handle the refugees on its territory. The amount might be adjusted later on depending on developments, the draft said.

More rewards for Turkey are forthcoming: the EU would also open in December the next chapter of negotiations with Turkey in its accession talks to the EU, which have been dragging on since 2005, and prepare further chapters for discussion in the first three months of next year.

The EU also aims to lift the need for visas for Turks traveling to the EU in October 2016 if Ankara meets certain criteria specified in an agreed roadmap, said the draft, which may still be changed after the talks which start at 1500 GMT.

Ironically, neither Turkey's shooting down of the Russian jet nor president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to skip the summit will derail the process, which is now on auto pilot with a suddenly very worried Angela Merkel willing to do anything to prevent further millions of Syrian refugees from entering Germany.

Earlier today, Merkel confirmed that when it comes to Europe's "partners", the only thing that matters is how they can be leveraged to offset structural failures of the "union", when she said the EU will ratchet up cooperation with Turkey as leaders meet to discuss tackling the region’s refugee crisis. There was, again, no mention of Erdogan's brutal crackdown on any political dissent.

Among the things Merkel told reporters ahead of the EU-Turkey meeting is that "a significant part of this EU-Turkey action plan will be about how we can replace illegal migration with legal migration, how we can improve the situation for refugees in Turkey. Turkey is sheltering well more than 2 million refugees and has received only little international support, so rightly expects that the European Union, the member states will alleviate Turkey in tackling this burden."

What she really meant is that another 2 million refugees entering Germany could well destabilize the political tenure of the iron chancellor.

She then said that the EU deal with Turkey will entail improving conditions for refugees in Turkey as well as “shutting down the networks of smugglers and traffickers, to enable legal migration." Oddly, there was no mention of a crackdown on the Islamic State's funding networks.

Finally, she said that leaders will also discuss visa liberalization for Turkey, moving forward with EU accession talks and repatriating migrants into Turkey.

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To summarize: Turkey has been instrumental in not only arming, but financing the Islamic State, whose actions in Syria have led to an unprecedented exodus of refugees mostly through Turkey, which Europe is now hoping to bribe so it will lock down its borders and keep those millions of refugees on the territory of Turkey, or ideally, just send them packing back to the nation they are desperate to flee. And for masterminding all of this, Europe will pay Turkey billions and put it back on its European Union accession route, eliminating the need for visas for Turkish citizens.

Next we look forward to learn how much that other key entry gateway of the migrant pathway into Europe - Greece - will demand, now that the EU's desperate starting bid to halt the refugee flow has been revealed. We expect Athens to settle for nothing less than a cool €1-2 billion as it demands the same treatment as Turkey.

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J S Bach's picture

That's how we keep our neighborhood safe.  Whenever strangers appear, we pay them to stay away.

toady's picture

It's really starting to look like Erdogan is being cast as this years Archduke Ferdinand.

sam i am's picture

The EU pays blood money for Turkey killing Russian servicemen and downing the Russian jet

NidStyles's picture

More kike extortion. 


Are youg guys learning yet? Have you figured it out yet? Do you understand the game yet? 

BaBaBouy's picture

Anything Goes Now...

DEALS With The Devil...

MalteseFalcon's picture

OK, so we have plan B:

1.  Invaders stay in Turkey.

2.  EU pays their welfare while in Turkey.

3.  EU allows Turkey into EU.

4.  Invaders issued Turkish (EU) passports.

5. Invaders issued train tickets for Paris, Munich, Berlin, Stockholm.

6. Profit.

giggler321's picture

Refugees?  nothing yet.  When Russia gets so pissed with Turkey and starts retaliation strikes - then you'll really see Refugees and 3billion euros won't matter.  Now Israel built a wall but perhaps they don't have time...

Big_Sister_Is_Watching's picture

Well, no, they just have more pressing concerns which require they play nice with Turkey.  Any pretense at considering Turkey for EU membership, is what it has always been... a dangling carrot that Turkey will never get to eat.

There is exactly Zero chance that Turkey, or ANY predominantly muslim country will ever seriously be considered for admission.  Erdogan almost certainly knows this, but as long as it plays well for most of his sheep, he will be willing to pretend as well.

It is almost a relief that none of them, or Obama either, are pretending to care what other naughtiness he might be up to ... at least we are spared that.

It is facinating the position Erdogan is in... simultaneously vulnerable, yet in a position to extort other major powers into whitewashing his malfeasance. Geopolitics getting very interesting... best soap opera ANYWHERE!!


Blue Vervain's picture

Various European governments (and perenially Angela Merkel) have sought Turkish membership but most have backed down in the face of widespread public opposition. European leaders are openly advocating a demographic transformation brought about by Islamic influxes, even describing it as necessary.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Romans did the same, and we know how it ended.

SWRichmond's picture

Looks to me like Turkey is going to become Islamic State

junction's picture

Paying off a blackmailer works everytime, right?  Turkey is just one part of the Axis of Evil that is turning the Middle East into a jihadist hellhole.  We have traitor-in-chief Obama, who is quick to order his FBI death squad to kill anyone who can be a problem, whether Michael Hastings or Andrew Breitbart or even, for some reason unknown, pancreatic cancer specialist Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez.  Erdogan we already know works closely with Daesh.  And front and center is Israel's Netanyahu, who has partnered with Saudi Arabia to demolish Syria so Netanyahu's buddies can get control of the giant oil field in the Golan Heights.  The only roadblock now is Putin and his S-400 missile defense system, the best in the world by far, which Israel and traitor Obama know can obliterate any American jets bombing Assad's Syria forces. 

hungrydweller's picture

Agree with all, except about the S400.

giggler321's picture

Yep.  Well you see those 2 lorry's we all saw in the videos with like 4 or 6 launchers on each.  Just how many S400 rockets do you think they have and can fire at any one time because the FSA coalition friends have hundred's of flying shrapnel, cough planes.

Probably better time to try an EMP then hit air targets with fireworks IMHO.

wizteknet's picture

Better have 3000 rockets the rest is bs... pretty sure we have 5000 rockets ready too...

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Almost as bad as the time the U.S. paid billions in cash to beg the terrorists to stop bombing their soldiers. That'll teach em'.

HenryHall's picture

In this case the Turkeys will take the 3 billion, Erdogan will pocket a good slice of it, and will stop only the affluent or Christian Syrian professionals and academics. The unwanted jihardists, vandals and mentally ill will be will be stripped of any identity documents and sent on to Europe. Success at the reduced numbers will be proclaimed.

giggler321's picture

You're right.  He doesn't like the Kurds and they'll probably get they Whey by sending them on to Eurolands

Anasteus's picture

Now we also know how Greece will get its so needed cash.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

I'm sure they will demand the same.

silvermail's picture

US to turn Europe into its colony. Now the United States has every right to demand from Europe (as from his colony) to pay tribute to the owner. This tribute can be paid to the United States - as the host of the Euro-colony. Or just directly to the anyone, what the United States want to finance. In this case, the United States want to finance Turkey. To save money, the US shift these costs onto the shoulders of their European colonies.

1. The point of view of the slaves, never had any value for their owners.

2. The best slave is a slave who does not know that he slaves.

dead hobo's picture

If you want to make Turkey suffer, allow them to join the Euro Zone. They'll have their own troika looking after them in no time.

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thetruthhurts's picture
Europe Will Pay Turkey €3 Billion To Halt Refugee Exodus

That should help with the loss of oil revenue purchased and sold as the middle man for ISIS, right?

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Boomberg's picture

Mr. Putin, please just nuke us all and whatever 3 eyed life-forms survive will build a better world. 

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

And about €2.9 billion of that will end up in the Erdogan mafia family's pockets.

CheapBastard's picture

Swiss bankers rejoice !


Fat juicy secret Turkish bank accounts for Christmas!


"Yes we can!"

localizer's picture

So what is the plan then - pay Turkey to bring in refugees and invite Turkey to join the EU and Schengen later? How idiotic is that?!

Winston Churchill's picture

I went across Turkey's eastern borders many times back in the 70's.

They were tight as a drum back then, and an area 100km back into Turkey was a military


Nothing like some old fashioned extortion.

chunga's picture

It's crazy! Nothing makes sense anymore.

"We must join with Him, Gandalf. We must join with Sauron. It would be wise, my friend." 

(ah that quotes doesn't work. The Turkeys are the bad guys being bribed to join up with EU so then they'll be good? I don't understand.)

Handful of Dust's picture
Mass brawls erupt in crowded migrant shelters in Germany


"Change you can believe in!"

JPMorgan's picture

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hooligan2009's picture

along with central bankers, it looks like politicians think this is true


Neochrome's picture

Germany decided that the whole Europe should open their arms to 75 million Turks, so that Germany can close it's arms to refugees from Syria. Poland, Czech, Bulgaria, Hungary etc. can suck it...

JimmyRainbow's picture

next line in da news from state: nothing happened, refugees still storming north.

erdogan will say more money needed.

psycho world.

RagnarRedux's picture

For fuck sake, pansy ass Westerners are lost, quit being cucks for the ethno-oligarchs and take back your nations.

JustObserving's picture

Is that the payoff to criminal Erdogan for shooting down the Russian jet?

Why is no one mentioning the fact that Turkey supplied the sarin that killed over 1000 people in Ghouta?  

Seymour Hersh Links Turkey to Benghazi, Syria and Sarin

The assessment of the Defense Intelligence Agency is that the sarin was supplied by Turkey to elements in Ghouta with the intent of “push[ing] Obama over the red line.” Intercepted transmissions from Turkish operators in the aftermath of the attack are jubilant, and the success of their covert mission must have seemed well in hand. Obama’s implicit call to war in the coming month was proof of that.

As Seymour Hersh demonstrated, the Nobel prize Winner lied about that sarin to try to start a war in Syria.

Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack 10 December 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published an article demonstrating that the US government and President Barack Obama knowingly lied when they claimed that the Syrian government had carried out a sarin gas attack on insurgent-held areas last August.

Hersh’s detailed account, based on information provided by current and former US intelligence and military officials, was published Sunday in the London Review of BooksThe article, entitled “Whose sarin?,” exposes as a calculated fraud the propaganda churned out day after day by the administration and uncritically repeated by the media for a period of several weeks to provide a pretext for a military attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Jayda1850's picture

Exactly! Anyone who believes this money is going toward the refugees and not to fund the US/Israeli/Saudi proxy of IS is fucking blind.

JimmyRainbow's picture

and win-win-win situation,

refugees now will ask for faked turkish passports to go to europe.

good for the turkish mafia passport economy.

Francis Marx's picture

Why dont they just give each illegal $1000 and a plane ticket home? They would save money.  Just tell each person, "take it or you will die in the streets because we are not giving you anything".

TRM's picture

Either way one or the other get their just rewards. Turkey will get screwed out of EU membership AGAIN or Europe will be awash in Salafists for being stupid enough to have open borders or both.

The EU needs to grow a pair. Turkey needs to realize they are just being used. Neither will happen and the shit show that is coming will be the end of Europe.

It will be interesting to see how EU leaders spin this as a good thing to their populations. The lies are already starting with huge ommissions.

Omen IV's picture

"Turkey needs to realize they are just being used."

you are naive in the extreme!


This is Turkeys game just like the Sarin Gas was promoted and organized by Turkey with CIA help. The refugees were told defacto to go north once the UN aid and camps were ended by US direction (allegedly the budget ran out ??)  now $3 Billion payoff

look Turkey has always been used as an thorn in everyones back time after time 

TRM's picture

So you disagree but agree? I wouldn't say "Turkey's game" but "Erdogan's game" definitely.

Yes Turkey is being used by the USA, Salafists, Erdogan, Saudia Arabia, etc. They are a convenient political tampon that will be disposed of once again.

Hopefully the Turks figure it out quickly and deal with the Salafist supporters in their own country, end support to IS and get rid of Erdogan. Maybe losing a lot of business from Russia and getting a full blown civil war inside their own country will smarten them up. Probably not.

JimmyRainbow's picture

just another vivid sconomy like hungary romania poland and ucraine waiting to join the mighty german club......

lalalala, i sing, singing keeps worrisome thoughts away i heard once while i was not singing....

BarkingCat's picture

Frankly I would rather live in a poor Eastern European country that is protecting its borders and culture and be blocked from the EU than be part of EU and having to accept human garbage from outside of Europe.