"We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions

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If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past twelve months it’s that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to employ all manner of nefarious tactics in order to preserve his grip on power in Ankara.

Following unfavorable election results last June, Erdogan plunged the country into civil war be restarting a long simmering battle with the PKK and proceeded to crack down on journalists and anyone else critical of the ruling AKP. Ultimately, new elections were called and AKP put up a stronger showing, effectively paving the way for Erdogan to rewrite Turkey’s constitution and install an executive presidency.

But Erdogan’s bullying isn’t confined to his domestic political agenda. Greek media has obtained an internal memo which suggests the Turkish strongman effectively blackmailed the EU by demanding cash payments in exchange for efforts to curb the flow of migrants into Western Europe. “We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses,” Erdogan allegedly said, on the way to demanding $3 billion per year in aid.

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Submitted by Keep Talking Greece

In internal EU memo obtained by Greek media reveals the blatant Turkish blackmail on the refugee crisis. The memo contains a summary of the dialogue between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with European Commissioner Jean Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk on 16th November 2015 during the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. The three Presidents were discussing the Action Plan to tackle the Refugees and Migrants Crisis.

According to the memo, the bargain was hard and Turkey demanded 30 billion euro from the European Union in order to refrain from sending refugees and migrants to Europe through Greece.

EU’s offer was 3 billion euro in two years, but Erdogan demanded 3 billion euro per year.

In addition, Ankara threatened, that if the EU does not link the refugee issue to Turkey’s EU accession then it would:

1. Send buses full of refugees to Europe via Greece and Bulgaria and will let 10,000-15,000 refugees drown on its shores.

2. Turkey does not accept the 3 billion euro for two years he had agreed with and wants 3 billion a year at least, otherwise there will be no agreement.

3. Requests opening all accession funds soon and non instructions from the European Commission.

4. The European Commission deliberately delayed the publication of Turkey’s progress report, at the same Erdogan’s request to help him win the election.

Overwhelmed with arrogance Erdogan complains that the EU treated Turkey like a fool for 53 years and did not allow it to become full EU member, he compares a country like Luxembourg with the size of small Turkish town.

He also claimed that “Greece received 400 billion euro from Europe” during the economic crisis and that in fact Turkey should get a huge amount of money too. The two EU Officials told him, not to compare the Greek economic crisis with the refugee crisis. He claimed that the 3 billion euro will go for the refugees and not for Turkey.

The three-party meeting ended without an agreement.

What is worth noting is that neither Juncker, nor Tusk informed the other EU-member states about Turkey’s approach. Also the media covering the G20 summit were apparently told that “the ball was rolling”. but in fact there was a total media blackout on the EU-Turkey negotiations.

And at the end of the EU-Turkey agreement and Action Plan …what? The EU is expected to start pouring to Turkey -as it seems – part of the 3 billion euro as of end of February or beginning of March.

All we can do is to wait and see how Ankara will deal with the refugees and migrants.

I suppose, the EU leaked this internal memo to the Greek media, after Turkey complained that it has not received any more yet.

Copies of internal EU memo in English uploaded here.

Official EU statement on EU-Turkey Agreement 29. Nov 2015 here. As we all know meanwhile, official statements tell half the truth. The other half is been revealed little by little. That’s why there is no transparency which time frame these 3 billion euro cover.

PS I also suppose that Erdogan’s mind is stuck at the old US aid formula and (Truman Dogma) for Turkey and Greece. And he believes that Brussels operates in the same geopolitical way. But the red danger is gone and there is no Communist Russia anymore so that Turkey & Greece will need protection from.

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blabam's picture

Muslims only respect strength. 

pods's picture

I think this guy underestimates his level of importance.

Does he NOT know that he could be snuffed out in a CIA supplied cocaine heartbeat?


cossack55's picture

Certainly ready for EU membership

tmosley's picture

Kick those mother fuckers out of the EU and NATO, then feed them to Russia.

The Juggernaut's picture


“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful"  – Seneca the Younger






You guys really think it’s a Muslim vs Christian thing?  Laughable.  It’s an oil thing and uses religion as a cover because the oil companies and politicians rather give the blind zealots religion than profits.



Manthong's picture

The Saudi monarchy and the Turkish government are two of the most deserving governments to take out.

..but they are great friends of Obama and his clown troupe… birds of a feather and all that crap.

macholatte's picture

will let 10,000-15,000 refugees drown on its shores.

Reminds me of this scene from Blazing Saddles

Son of Loki's picture

So both Erdogan and Nuland say, "Fuck the EU!"


Odd bedfellows, eh.

thesonandheir's picture

Hey Erdogan is a class A cunt but you can't blame him for wanting to rape the corrupt EU for cash and favours becuase everybody else is doing it.



Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Exactly! In a sense Erdogan has a right to demand compensation for the refugee crisis created by the havok wreaked by NATO's wars in the Middle East (though he has contributed quite a bit to it himself in Syria lately). Why should Turkey foot the bill for the rest of the NATO members in Europe?

But what is really disgusting about this passing on of the hot potatoe, is the way in which millions of refugees have become the subject of horse trading between a bunch of lowlife world leaders.


petroglyph's picture

Jug, I have no idea how you got 5 downers? wtf

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Turkey: Europe's very own rapefugee.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

"We don't negotiate with terrorists."

Stroke's picture

Thank God I don't live in Europe......Try your luck in Africa

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Pods, even better is he doesn't make his major weapons and resupply could be a bit problematic if the Kurds decide to get feisty.....

petroglyph's picture

@ Pods, How can I get life insurance on Erdogan, ala confessions of an economic hitman?

He is becoming a liability.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Incidentally, Perkins has just (2016 copyright) updated CoEHM with 15 new chapters covering the period since the first edition was published.

Shad_ow's picture

"Does he NOT know that he could be snuffed out in a CIA supplied cocaine heartbeat?"


Not while Barack Hussein Obama is POTUS, and Syria is still in play with the Russians holding off Obama's rebels.

Benjamin123's picture

who does not respect strength?

One And Only's picture


Kick Turkey out of NATO and invade Turkey with NATO troops.

We can send them in busses, tanks, and planes.

Once we have captured Erdogan we can hand him over to the Iranians.

monk27's picture

Once Turkey is out of NATO, the Russians will install a friendly strongman in the Eastern half of the country (and control The Straits), while allowing the Kurds to take over the Western Turkey. Easy as pie...

Lynx Dogood's picture

I think Putin would like to have a word with him 1st.

peddling-fiction's picture

I think he would take care of this personally.

JustObserving's picture

Erdogan is cruel, corrupt criminal. 

Turkey: A Criminal State, a NATO State

It is now openly discussed even in mainstream media the fact that Turkey has been intimately involved in fomenting and supporting the war on Syria, with its ultimate goal of the overthrow of the Syrian government and its replacement by a compliant proxy aligned with Turkish President Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood. That this is no longer a ‘conspiracy theory’ but a conspiracy fact not only vindicates my analysis over the last four years, but it also brings to the fore the nefarious role of a NATO member in stoking a brutal and bloody war for its own ends.


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- - - - - - (not verified) JustObserving Feb 8, 2016 3:29 PM

"Erdogan is cruel, corrupt criminal."    european leaders not?

Freddie's picture

You forgot Congrezz and the White Hut.

Soul Glow's picture

Those buses are like the one from the movie "Speed".

Space Animatoltipap's picture

Trusting a sleazy taqiyya muslim madman like Erdogan one indeed must be totally crazy. The crazy Angela M. fits the bill 100%.

newworldorder's picture

Truly a NATO partner that Europe and the US can depend on - NOT.  And just think, the EU could have also granted Turkey full EU membership.

The turkish Military Leadership has been gutted since Prince Edrogan came to power. 

Turikish Army has much work to do. It is the only thing that will save them.


Syrian Refugees are not political pawns for the Military Industrial Complex. They are human beings in need of a safe place to live and I, for one, don't support victimizing Refugees that are merely attempting to find a safe place to live in peace and away from the antics of politicians and their goons in the MIC.

MrPalladium's picture

"attempting to find a safe place to live in peace"

You mean a safe place in which to grope White women, no?

Freddie's picture

What about white Christians in the Ukraine who have had MIC/Deep State/See Eye Aye/Soros State Dept create genocide in their country.  They are actually supposedly "europeans" and yet they cannot flood into Germany?   Why not?

Volkodav's picture

cos purpose is control/kill them in place, take wealth

BarkingCat's picture

and they would also assimilate into Germany within a generation and make it stronger.  They would also not add to the desired diversity.

They would not want people that have capacity for high intellect. Much better to bring in the drags.

Frankly seeing what is happening in the EU the Ukrainians are much better off in Ukraine. They need to go through their internal discovery and realize that it is better to have a strong independent nation full of nationalists than what the EU is doing. Next step for them is sort out their old grievances towards the Russians. Time to bury that past. Both are much better of as allies and trade partners.

Volkodav's picture

most real Ukrainians have no problem with Russia

its the western pollacks and others not historical Ukrainian descent and some weak minded useful idiots

that brainwashed crazy as hell expect fantasy of expectations fed them by propaganda

Yes, Ukrainians better off keep home and fix it...will need Russia to achieve that

EU has nothing for average Ukrainian..the example is proven since Maidan

Eurocrats will put into dark ages


Volkodav's picture

'Masks of the Revolution' English subs 


                    English sub versions keep being deleted, then reposted..

Volkodav's picture

Most are not Syrians, but from many other countries including very many Africans

Estimates are as low as 1 of 10 are Syrian

Calmyourself's picture

"Refugees that are merely attempting to find a safe place to live in peace and away from the antics of politicians and their goons in the MIC."

Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, KSA, Jordan, Indonesia, OK mou, I'll bite whats wrong with these choices?

g'kar's picture

"We Can Put Refugees On Buses"


it's pretty clear he doesn't need to blackmail europe as the western governments are offering no real pushback to the invading hordes

giggler321's picture

It probably makes a legitimate target out of a bus.  Perhaps Russia if not to busy blowing up tankers they could edge a few bombs over the other vehicles used to carry weapons of war

whitelivesmatter's picture

Sounds like Milton. "I can set the building on fire."

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thats not blackmail     all leftist retards and the merkel regime want muslims more than everything else in the world


puting them on busses and sending them to europe is comparable to someone bringing you pizza to your home for free


if you really want to blackmail europe you have to say: we send the muslims back to syria

Insurrexion's picture



I can see Obama with his hands on his hips telling Erdogan to, "Stop it."

Meanwhile, we Germans are getting ready to fire Madame Merkel and bus the fucking bad ones back to Turkey.

g'kar's picture

lol...stop it, stop it! someone might notice we are caliphating their asses

X_Weatherman's picture

I'm surprized Madame Merkel is still in office.  When is she going, I will celebrate, almost as much if "The Beast" Clinton does not get elected.

11b40's picture

You better hurry up while you still have a country.

Peter Pan's picture

Germany and Turkey will soon come to know the meaning of hubris.
Greeks will starve but will actually galvanize themselves into action.
European banks might even impose capital controls.

RopeADope's picture

When Greece tries that tactic they get shat upon.

When the ISIS supporter tries it he gets billions.

*Aflac duck double-take*