EU, Turkey Agree To Keep Talking On Refugee Crisis, Will Reconvene Next Week

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Update: Monday came and went, and here, courtesy of Bloomberg's bullets, is what we got in terms of what amounts to a "draft of a draft":

  • Draft doesn’t refer to additional 3 billion euros for Turkey as had been requested
  • EU leaders warmly welcomed additional proposals made by Turkey today to address migration issue
  • Draft refers to agreement to work on basis of following principles:
    • to return all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey to Greek islands with EU covering costs
    • to resettle, for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greek islands, another Syrian from Turkey to EU
    • accelerate visa liberalization roadmap with view to lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens by end June at latest
    • speed up disbursement of EU 3bln to ensure first projects funded before end March, and decide on additional funding for Refugee Facility for Syrians

Next pretend "D-Day": March 18, the last day of the European Summit. Martin Selmayr, chief-of-staff to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, tweeted: "Deal. Breakthrough with Turkey." 

Yeah, sure.

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On Monday, officials from the EU and Turkey are gathered in Brussels to do some talking about the refugee crisis that threatens to tear Europe apart at the seams. And make no mistake, “talk” is probably all they’ll do.

Last year, Europe and Turkey agreed on a so-called “joint action plan” which essentially amounted to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extorting €3 billion from Brussels in exchange for a promise to curb people smuggling and stem the flow of migrants into Western Europe. As The Guardian notes, “several months on, the pact remains little more than a piece of paper.”

Although the check has been cut, it’s not entirely clear where the money went (surprise) and now that the effective closure of the Balkan route has created a severe bottleneck of refugees in Greece, Athens is very near to losing its mind.

As of Sunday, as many as 14,000 men, women, and children were stranded on Macedonia’s border which has been sealed and which migrant men have at various times tried to breach with homemade battering rams.

Now, Macedonia wants to extend the 19-mile, Orban-style razor wire fence to a 200-mile barrier complete with guards armed with tasers, a plan unveiled in Brussels over the weekend detailed.

Needless to say, Alexis Tsipras is at wit’s end.

First Brussels forced Athens to accept a third sovereign bailout that carried draconian terms and all but guaranteed the country will remain a debt serf of Berlin for the next five decades. Now, Austria has effectively conspired with the Balkan countries to close the route north to Germany leaving Greece on its own to handle the influx. “Europe is in the midst of a nervous crisis, primarily for reasons of political weakness,” said he said on Sunday.

(A man looks at the Greek island of Lesbos from the Turkish coastline)

“About 13,000-14,000 people are trapped in Idomeni, while another 6,000-7,000 are being housed in refugee camps around the region,” Al Jazeera reports, citing Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor of Central Macedonia province.

"It's a huge humanitarian crisis. I have asked the government to declare the area in a state of emergency," he said during a visit to Idomeni on Saturday to distribute aid to the Red Cross and other non-governmental organisations.

For her part, the Iron Chancellor claims “rumors” that the Balkan route has been closed “do not conform to the facts” (to quote China’s NBS):

Coming back to Monday’s summit, “the crucial point is to know if Turkey is a player on our side, because up to now they declare they are on our side, but they don’t do anything to prove that,” Miltiadis Kyrkos, a Greek MEP who is the vice-chair of the European parliament’s joint committee with Turkey, said.

As for Turkey, you can say what you will about Erdogan’s belligerence, but the country is not only on the frontlines of the refugee crisis, but on the frontlines of the war itself. The pressure is palpable to say the absolute least.

Take the tiny town of Kilis for instance, which has more than doubled in size from the refugee influx. Incidentally, the town (which WSJ notes was previously “best known as a place for truckers to pick up pistachio-encrusted pastries before crossing the nearby Syrian border”), is up for a Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts.

“To encourage refugees to stay, Ankara is now allowing millions of Syrians to legally work in Turkey, ending a policy in place since the start of the war. But the new regulation comes with restrictions,” WSJ goes on to document. “The restrictions, along with the often-convoluted bureaucratic challenges, make it hard for Syrian families to stay.”

In other words, some Turkish towns with big hearts are doing their part (and more), but Ankara hasn’t even begun to implement the type of measures that will stop refugees from fleeing to Western Europe and besides, Turkey isn’t that much safer than Syria these days. “Using Turkey as a ‘safe third country’ is absurd,” said Amnesty’s director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik. “Many refugees still live in terrible conditions; some have been deported back to Syria and security forces have even shot at Syrians trying to cross the border.” And that’s if they don’t get blown up by the very same groups blowing them up in Syria, groups that are armed and funded by Erdogan.

As The Guardian goes on to say, “resettlement was Angela Merkel’s last gambit for solving the refugee crisis. In mid-February, the German government confidently presented a plan in which a “coalition of the willing” – including Austria, Germany, Sweden and the Benelux trio – would take 300,000 refugees from Turkey a year [but] the renegade actions of Austria and the western Balkan states have forced Merkel into a rethink.”

It’s our damned duty,” she insisted last week. “And no I don’t have a Plan B.”

Well, she had better get one, before the German electorate goes with “Plan B” for chancellor.

As for whether Erdogan will suddenly step up to the plate - don’t hold your “damned” breath. “Turkey’s diplomacy [is like] an eastern bazaar,” the aforementioned Miltiadis Kyrkos said. And it's not just money Ankara wants. Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu is looking to trade concessions on migrants for fast-track membership to the EU. "I am sure these challenges will be solved through our cooperation and Turkey is ready to work with the EU," Davutoglu said. "Turkey is ready to be a member of the EU as well. Today I hope this summit will not just focus on irregular migration but also the Turkish accession process to the EU."

But Europeans aren't exactly thrilled about Ankara's latest move away from democratic norms. "Media freedom is a non-negotiable element of our European identity," European Parliament President Martin Schulz said he had told the Turkish Premier, referring to Erdogan's move to seize control of The Daily Zaman.

And sure enough, as FT reports, Turkey is asking for more concessions: "Ahead of crunch summit between EU leaders and the Turkish prime minister on Monday, Ankara has called for an increase on the €3bn in aid previously promised by the EU, faster access to Schengen visas for Turkish citizens and accelerated progress in its EU membership bid." One imagines a long list of eleventh hour demands could well cause the whole thing to collapse.

Perhaps Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte put it best: “[This] is not the summit that will change anything.”

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Kefeer's picture

Where are the women?  How is there always a small child being held up in every photo?  It is always the same picture with a different background; propaganda.

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) Kefeer Mar 7, 2016 7:57 AM

Merkel = Christian Democrat, right?


"Christianity, sprung from Jewish roots and comprehensible only as a growth on this soil, represents the counter-movement to any morality of breeding, of race, privilege: it is the anti-Aryan religion par excellence. Christianity—the revaluation of all Aryan values, the victory of chandala values, the gospel preached to the poor and base, the general revolt of all the downtrodden, the wretched, the failures, the less favored, against 'race:' the undying chandala hatred is disguised as a religion of love."

Friedrich Nietzsche
Twilight of the Idols


My guess is that Ludwig von Mises read Nietzche; they at least have close parallels in thought.


"The religion which called itself the religion of love became a religion of hatred in a world that seemed ripe for happiness. Any would-be destroyers of the modern social order could count on finding a champion in Christianity.”

Ludwig von Mises



Haus-Targaryen's picture

This shit goes south this year. This ends with mountains of dead people, and people like EML have no one to blame but themselves. 

Fuck Merkel.  

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) Haus-Targaryen Mar 7, 2016 8:21 AM

‘Soldiers of Allah’ to counter Soldiers of Odin in Norway

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- - - - - - (not verified) Father Thyme Mar 7, 2016 8:36 AM

dont worry! captain sweden will save the day

pods's picture

Hey, maybe if we stopped fomenting war in their homeland they might not feel the need to GTFO?

If you knew the American mercs were coming, what would you do?

Just sucks all the way around.  I guess being bombarded with propaganda here in the US is still better than well, being bombarded over there.


ZD1's picture

"Hey, maybe if we stopped fomenting war in their homeland they might not feel the need to GTFO?"



Who the hell is "we?"


Most of us aren't formenting war.

If you are referring to yourself, then you need to fucking stop it!


In addition, many of third world hordes invading Europe are from countries like Pakistan, Eritrea, and Nigeria who are either fleeing internal conflicts or who want to be on the welfare dole.






pods's picture

I would say the Western World is fomenting war.  The USD hegemony has long arms.

I am trying to stop it as best as I can, in the only way I know how.  

But I am not going to pretend that if I end up on the wrong end of a barrel of a gun that "they" will know I played no direct part in destroying their nations.


ZD1's picture



So war is never fomented outside the Western World?  China, North Korea, and other non Western countries would never foment war and conflicts?

How delusional and brainwashed can one be to believe that?

Maybe it's time for you to shuffle off to your dominatrix for your daily flogging?


Surviver22's picture
Surviver22 (not verified) ZD1 Mar 7, 2016 10:45 AM


Obama will not finish his second term! This will scare millions! Must watch this.

D. G. Neree's picture

Merchants of fear these people

cheka's picture

theater for the m-asses

nothing breaks eu up

fading this with both hands

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"“Using Turkey as a ‘safe third country’ is absurd,” said Amnesty’s director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik."~

Then how about using Saudi Arabia as a "safe third country". The way I see it, they've got the biggest dog in this fucking hunt. Let the House of Saud open its arms to their Muslim brothers.

(When Hell freezes over.)

hedgeless_horseman's picture



So war is never fomented outside the Western World?  China, North Korea, and other non Western countries would never foment war and conflicts?

Come on everyone!  This is an easy one.

First comment to identify ZD1's fallacy wins a cookie.


9.  Make your very own set of Fallacy Flash Cards from the list at



10.  Hold three fallacious posters accountable on by citing their fallacy.

pods's picture

A cookie?  Might I have a herring instead? A Red one if you please.

eatthebanksters's picture

I'll gladly give you two dollars tomorrow for a hamburger today!  

Actuallly this is a Sunni vs. Shiite vs. apostates war...there is no winning. People over there need to choose sides and whether Sunni or Shia they need to figure out if they can co-exist with the west. For those that say they will coexist with the west then the west should carve out safe zones and arm them to defend themselves.  Everyone else is fair game for the fodder of big bombs.  Anyone who claims to be an ally of the west and turns agains them gets dropped into an ISIS camp from a helicopter hovering at 10,000 feet. Basically, let these fuckers handle their own problems,  assist our real friends and fuck the rest.

Tarzan's picture

The most obvious fallacy, imo, would be that one precludes the other...

LostAtSea's picture

Nice HH. ZD1 makes a freshmen argument, so obvious it's insulting to the average intelligence Q on ZH.

medium giraffe's picture

Gonna have to go with my personal favourite -*drum roll*.......

The False Derpchotomy


eatthebanksters's picture

How fucking ridiculous is this...first the EU squeezes the life out of an irresponsible member state (Greece) and then tells them they are on their own regarding the influx of refugees coming through Greece as a starting point on their migration path to the rest of Europe. Meanwhile Erdogan is extorting cash from the EU for unfulfilled promises and pissing off the Russkies with his misadventures in Syria.  Kids, this shit is going to get real very soon...Merkel and all her progressive buddies who have invited refugees and scorned forceful intervention will find themselves under attack from outside and within.  Barry's and Hitlery's decision to exit Iraq in a hurry is just beginning to pay disastrous dividends.  War is coming to Europe and the Mideast, count on it.

mkhs's picture

Yeah.  Genghis Khan was an Arryan national.  Attila the Hun, well, I am not so sure about.  Now Mohamed, he clearly was a semite?

pods's picture

Are we not talking about what is going on in the EU?  Is the EU being beseiged by refugees/immigrants/invaders from areas of the globe where there is or has been war for the last decade or so?

Were these wars started by The West?  Namely the USA, NATA, and other assorted Western Powers?

You can squirm lob red herrings, but you cannot refute.

Oh, and if you think some sophomoric insult like that is going to get anywhere with me you are a bit mistaken.

But, whatever fulfills that need that was never met I guess.  


Bay of Pigs's picture

That numbskull couldnt tie your shoelaces pods.

cheka's picture

25 percent of syria population has been evacuated to other countries

clearing land for greater israel plan

all of this nonsense makes sense when looking at it from that angle

holgerdanske's picture

"So war is never fomented outside the Western World?  China, North Korea, and other non Western countries would never foment war and conflicts?

How delusional and brainwashed can one be to believe that?"



Of course they can, but they usually don't!

We are not worried about North Korea in Syria, or China in Yemen, or the Vietnamese support of IS.

What are we worried about, USA sitting on everything from the politics in the Ukraine, the weapons sold to goddam almost everybody invading raping and pillaging. The stupid trade agreements that makes serfs of us all, the forced export of their surplus food even though we don't want their GMO products.

So you are perfectly right, we can all fan wars, it's just we don't, see?

Killdo's picture

I remember when Bush invaded Iraq - all the "support our troops' signs all over the place in LA at least. Most pepole either didn't give a shit or loved the idea

hansg's picture

So because the US is formenting war, Europe needs to be destroyed by islamic invaders?

pods's picture

The West, not just the US. 

And no, Europe doesn't need to be destroyed, but it seems that is the outcome. 


Ace006's picture

That appears to be the logic.

Gavrikon's picture

No.  They're here asking "where de white wimmens at?"

Antifaschistische's picture

It’s our damned duty,” she insisted last week. “And no I don’t have a Plan B.”


'It's our duty, because I was elected in Germany to protect the interests of all other countries first...then eventually i'll get around to thinking about Germany'

ThirdWorldDude's picture

On a brighter note, it looks like there's an anti-ISIS uprising currently taking place in Raqqa.

ZH of all places should be ahead of the curve on this one...

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) ThirdWorldDude Mar 7, 2016 11:39 AM

Ziad Fadel tells additionally about events in Raqqa:

Non-U's picture

+1 for you. But please change the name of your alias. The antifascists were those who defend  mass immigration since the seventies

two hoots's picture


The US is chuckling that it can effect such destruction and scattering of people but escape the physical results.  The EU is the US’s busboy and Merkel the chief bottle washer. 


Strelnikov's picture

An errand boy.  Sent by a grocer, to collect the bill.

FlipFlop's picture

Muzzies are really asking for it...soon we are happy to deliver :)

Breivik was not too far off (plus the usual disclaimer about the deed here)

Ace006's picture

He apparently gave some thought to whom to target. I never read his manifesto so I don't know what he said were his reasons. Instead of trying to understand what exactly motivated him the MSM went into full misdirection mode and tried to make it about Fjordman and Gates of Vienna. A twofer.

Usual disclaimer about his being obviously insane.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Genuine Soldiers of Odin would not rest until all the Infidels are 'gone'. As would Soldiers of Allah. Long Arms and medical bills.

o r c k's picture

"This is not the summit you were looking for". 

FlipFlop's picture

Fuck the EU!

Burn, baby, burn....

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

The living will soon prefer death over what is coming......

Gavrikon's picture

The sooner someone buts a bullet through her ugly face, the better off this world will be.

Keyser's picture

Merkel is a bit misguided... Her "duty" is to Germany and the German people, not to economic refugees from a war zone...