Turkey Threatens Europe: "Unless Visas Are Removed, We Will Unleash The Refugees"

Tyler Durden's picture

Following months of appeasement of Turkey's dictator Recep Erdogan, Europe has found itself surprised that as it yields to every incremental demand, Turkey simply asks for more and more. One such example was chronicled by the FT earlier today in "Turkey demands EU hands over €3bn for refugees" in which we read that "a row has erupted between Turkey and the EU over billions of pounds in aid for Syrian refugees, casting fresh doubt on a fragile deal to halt the flow of people towards Europe."

Erdogan's argument is that he want the money to be transferred over to him directly to dispense with as he pleases, while Europe insists that UN agencies oversee that the money be spent as designated for refugee needs, instead of funding another wing for Erdogan's palace. Of course, the only reason why Erdogan is confident he has leverage is because Turkey is currently hosting over 3 million Syrian refugees that is holding back from flooding into Europe once more, potentially resulting in the most acute episode of Europe's refugee crisis.

And to his credit, Erdogan has been successful in that, because as the following chart shows, for the first time since April 2015, more refugees arrived in Europe via Italy than on the path through Greece to the east. The flow of migrants through the Aegean Sea has waned since the European Union and Turkey struck a deal in March to send refugees back that arrive in Greece.

 

However, this potential onslaught of Europe-bound refugees is also Erdogan's biggest trump card: should Europe deny anything Turkey wants, he will simply open the gates leading to spiraling political chaos of the type already seen in Austria and Germany where anti-immigrant parties have stormed higher in the political polls in recent months.

Confirming precisely that, was a warning by Burhan Kuzu, a high-ranking deputy for Turkey’s ruling AKP party and former adviser to President Erdogan, who said that Ankara will send migrants back to the EU if the European Parliament won’t grant visa-free travel to Turkish citizens.  Kuzu made several statements on Twitter in anticipation of Wednesday’s session of European parliament, at which visa exemption for Turkish nationals in the Schengen zone, as part of a migrant deal between Brussels and Ankara, was to be discussed.

"The European Parliament will discuss the report that will open Europe visa-free for Turkish citizens. If the wrong decision is taken, we will unleash  the refugees!" in what was an unmistakable threat.

He also told Bloomberg: "If Turkey’s doors are opened, Europe would be miserable."

“Europe is on the edge of an important decision: It will decide on Turkey’s visa-free travel rights today. If a positive decision comes out, this is also a benefit for Europe,” the MP wrote in a separate tweet.

As RT writes, it’s not the first time the deputy has threatened to flood Europe with over 2 million migrants from North Africa and Middle East, stranded in Turkish refugee camps."Finally the EU understood Turkey’s stake and loosened its purse strings. What did we say? ‘We will open the borders and set Syrian migrants on you’,” he wrote back in December 2015.

But in the worst news for Greece, and an indication that Erdogan's gambit is no longer working, EUobserver wrote earlier that the European parliament had “quietly” suspended discussions of visa-free travel for Turkey Monday. EU parliament chief Martin Schulz put the debate on hold because Turkey had not yet met all EU visa-free criteria, said Judith Sargentini, a Dutch Green MEP. According to the site, the move is aimed at putting pressure on the European Commission so that it would take a firmer stance on Turkey fulfilling its part of the deal.

"The ball is back with the European commission," one of the MEPs told EUobersver, while the other stressed that the suspension will “make the parliament more important.”

Meanwhile, Turkey’s minister for EU affairs Volkan Bozkir met with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, in Strasbourg today. The minister will also hold talks with Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, on Friday in Brussels. No press events were planned following both meetings.

The reason for the visit is because on May 4, the European Commission proposed to the European Parliament and the EU Council to lift visa restrictions for Turkish citizens, if Ankara fulfils five conditions by the end of June. They included measures to prevent corruption, holding talks on an operational agreement with Europol, judicial cooperation with all EU member states, bringing data protection rules in line with EU standards, and the revision of legislation on the fight against terrorism. It was the last condition that Turkey found particularly unacceptable.

Bozkir told Turkish NTV broadcaster Wednesday that “it is not possible for us to accept any changes to the counter-terrorism law” as demanded by the EU.

This followed a firm statement by Erdogan who told the EU on Friday that Turkey would not make the changes, declaring: "we're going our way, you go yours".

Wednesday's repeated refusal, and assertion that there had never been a reciprocal deal over the laws, will likely alarm EU officials already worried by the departure of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, seen as a more flexible negotiating partner.

The EU said last week Turkey still had to change some laws, including narrowing its legal definition of terrorism, to secure visa-free travel for its citizens - part of a wide-ranging deal to secure Turkish help in reducing the flow of migrants into Europe.

Turkey's clear rejection and insistence that it has all the required leverage, sets Europe and Turkey for what will be a dramatic showdown in which Turkey's increasingly despotic dictator will either be appeased one more time, or his bluff will be called.

With Europe hit by the biggest migrant crisis in decades, the EU and Ankara signed the migrant deal back in March. According to the agreement, Turkey would take back refugees seeking asylum in the EU in exchange for a multi-billion euro aid package and some political concessions, including the visa-free regime.

If the deal falls apart, Turkey will surely flood millions more in refugees who will unleash far more political havoc across Europe, and certainly Germany, than Greece ever could.

So for all those focusing closely on the risk of Brexit or developments in Greece this summer where the third Greek bailout may or may not give the insolvent nation a few more months before its next payment to the ECB is due while it pretends to "reform", a far bigger risk is what Greece's neighbor to the east, ruled by an unhinged, irrational president, will end up doing, and how Europe would respond if he actually follows through with his bluff.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
BeaverCream's picture

Austrian painter guy AKA magic moustache man was right again.

eforce's picture

I hope he releases them, Brexit guaranteed, and some good TV footage... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DHD9tgK7bE

HopefulCynical's picture

1) Airlift all the Kurds, Sikhs and other non-Muslims out.

2) Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

 

Seriously, fuck these assholes.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) HopefulCynical May 11, 2016 3:57 PM

When your country's name is Turkey you will never be taken seriously.  Sorry.

Ignatius's picture

"Unleash the hounds!!"  --  Erdogan

macholatte's picture

Fabulous!
Could the EU have things any more fucked up?
Unfortunately, YES! 
Sequestering the migrants on an island in Greece would have provided these things at the very least:
1. Greece gets much needed cash flow.
2. The EU gets enhanced security.
3. The migrants get protection from the war zone.
4. The EU stays in control and looks very good to the world.

But that was too easy.
Chaos and civil war is much better.
Perhaps the EU citizens start with capturing all the EU parliament members (except Nigel Farage) and show the world that an unruly mob can still tar & feather the politicians... like the old days.

Son of Loki's picture

I just hope when those Germans [and other non-rapefugee Europeans] finally wise up and realize Merkel and Hollandaise hate them, and they escape to another country they pick USA.

 

It would be refreshing to hear Deutsch in the local stores instead of Mexican, Ebonics or Urdu for a change.

Expat79's picture

It doesn't matter what this Turkish clown does.

The refugee crisis WON'T END because they'll just go through the Med - as the article points out.

It only ends when European decide their culture and society is worth preserving.

BaBaBouy's picture

In The "OLE DAYS", this would be a declaration of WAR...

Like EU would unleash the bombs on Terkey and the Palace...

Like it would be all over in a week...

Like TODAY Its Just Send MOAR Paper FIATS Cash to the leaderships Coffers, until the next time...

847328_3527's picture

The EU needs to hire real men to man their borders and keep the rapefugees out; maybe they can hire some isis fighters to help them do the job.

beemasters's picture

What's the big deal about visa-free travel to EU that gets Erdogan so worked up? Without it, he can't send terrorists freely across Europe!

Keyser's picture

Hmm, Erdogan is making more and more outlandish demands of it's neighbors to the north... How long before the rest of the EU grows some balls and tells this cocksucker to stick it?  It won't happen because the EU is governed by a bunch a pussies that will allow their own destruction due to their globalist view of reality... 

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Keyser May 11, 2016 9:38 PM

The EU should tell Erdogan that they will kick him out of NATO if he goes through with his threat.

OverTheHedge's picture

Not the EU's call to make, and how would Russia be surrounded if Turkey leaves NATO?

Standard EU fudge on the way, with appeasement the name of the game. Never expect a bureaucrat to put his head above the parapet - only canon- fodder does that.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

Visa-free travel works both ways, right?

Germany should send Muslim refugees back to Turkey.

beemasters's picture

So EU essentially has been given two choices....refugees or terrorists.

bloofer's picture

Agreed. Jeez, Erdogon has already unleashed an invading force on Europe and has threatened to unleash more--unless he receives what was known in the old days as "tribute." The game is simply, "We won't invade you if you pay tribute."

The normal thing to do in such a case would be to declare war on Turkey, since as BaBaBouy observes, Turkey's statements and doings amount to a declaration of war. Duh.

perikleous's picture

sadly the EU could force NATO to stop encircling Russia and use the manpower to stay on Turkeys coast screening the migrants right there, if they are Syrian, let them through, if they are not valid (not escaping war torn region)turn them back after IDing them, so you can refuse the "regulars" ahead of time... If Nato refuses to do there part, pull out of Nato! Really what is the bigger threat to the EU (immigrants from the countries you've RATFUCKED for financial gain or fake Russian aggression?) Why be in Nato if they are not protecting you? SADLY THE EU deserves this mess "YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!!!"your comingled global corporations with the US has led you face first into a shit storm(with only a china made umbrella) and the leaders of the individual countries that make up the EU have all been casterated by NSA dirt and fake loans and debt they cannot repay, all unbacked/unsecured printed money injected with steroids to look bigger and badder than it really is, migrants and fake terror attacks to force the SHEEP-PEOPLE SHEEPLE (otherwise known as citizens) to herd together and cower as they give up more and more civil rights/freedoms for a false sense of security!!!

perikleous's picture

sadly the EU could force NATO to stop encircling Russia and use the manpower to stay on Turkeys coast screening the migrants right there, if they are Syrian, let them through, if they are not valid (not escaping war torn region)turn them back after IDing them, so you can refuse the "regulars" ahead of time... If Nato refuses to do there part, pull out of Nato! Really what is the bigger threat to the EU (immigrants from the countries you've RATFUCKED for financial gain or fake Russian aggression?) Why be in Nato if they are not protecting you? SADLY THE EU deserves this mess "YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!!!"your comingled global corporations with the US has led you face first into a shit storm(with only a china made umbrella) and the leaders of the individual countries that make up the EU have all been casterated by NSA dirt and fake loans and debt they cannot repay, all unbacked/unsecured printed money injected with steroids to look bigger and badder than it really is, migrants and fake terror attacks to force the SHEEP-PEOPLE SHEEPLE (otherwise known as citizens) to herd together and cower as they give up more and more civil rights/freedoms for a false sense of security!!!

beemasters's picture

Refuge crisis will only end when EU stop the funding and weapon supplies to terrorists in the refugees' homelands. That's the priority EU must undertake. It's easy to find out who made the weapons the terrorists are using and boldly hold the suppliers (UK/US?) responsible for cleaning up the mess and rebuild the homes they helped destroy.

Calmyourself's picture

It will end when every boat on the southern shore of the Med and Aegean is torched, drop flyers, torch all water craft.  Boats in the water will be holed, surviors will be dropped on the southern shore NO exceptions No mercy, no problem.

Condition 1SQ's picture

Paging Eirik Magnus.  Here we have a leader mincing no words.  The people you are championing are literally being used as weapons against your own nation.  Amazingly, you're dumb enough to embrace it.

Welder's picture

 Hungary, Serbia, Poland and Romania are more racialy homogenous. 

nuubee's picture

Someone should kill this fucker Erdogan. He's a threat to international peace.

BorisTheBlade's picture

I think Turkish military is very much pissed out with Turdogan. Once he sacked Davutoglu, he pretty much created another powerful enemy. Now, if only it could be done with Turkey remaining intact and not submerging into anarcy and civil war, because that would make current refugee crisis modest by comparison.

Parrotile's picture

Well, I can easily think of ONE Country that could (and certainly WOULD) benefit from your "worst case scenario" - Russia.

They would certainly be able to manage the creation of a "UN Mandate" for "Humanitarian aid" assistance - plenty of past hard evidence for their expertise and ability - those aid convoys into Ukraine were part of a well-thought-out plan. Add the recent assistance in Syria - they came, helped out (as REQUESTED), then left promptly - and it would be VERY difficult for the "Exceptional Nation" to block this.

Russian "Peacekeeping" troops in Istanbul? All of a sudden the Bosphorus becomes de facto Russian territory (and with some political wrangling, quite possibly permanent Russian territory), and all of a sudden, "no more Donald Cook" escapades for the USN, with the Straits being Russian territorial waters, so a firm "No Entry" to any "uninvited visitors".

It would be quite THE irony should Russia be "invited" to take over Incirlik - possibly at short notice, with all those American nuclear munitions just sitting there. US gonna "fly them out"?? Not with Russia enforcing a No Fly Zone, ostensibly for "protection".

Don't think this is not possible? You don't know Russians - quite the masters of "revenge is a dish best served cold" . . . . .

 

HopefulCynical's picture

Ahh, but that wouldn't have the desired effect of white genocide.

We culturally enriched some folks.

back to basics's picture

Remind me again, what exactly gives the right to the EU to turn some Greek Islands into refugee camps? And why doesn't the EU provide help to Greece, you know the much needed help you mentioned, for preventing the impoverishment of its own people but would gladly give it for refugees. 

Fuck the EU, it's a project that needs to die. The one good thing about the refugee crisis is that it just might accomplish exactly that.

Ghordius's picture

right. your logic is compelling, isn't it?

you are, at the same time, asking for moar to be done and less to be done

the "project", whatever you think it is (Brits would like it to be a free-trade zone only) ought to do moar for Greece...

... but at the same time not help Greece setting refugee camps, which of course begs for the question: where with those refugees?

it's the constant call for a superstate and the abolishment of the non-superstate based on countries cooperating... at the same time

Bush Baby's picture

Release all the refugees!!

Maybe the Europeans will wake up after they rape enough kids and blow enough shit up.

Hey Europe, don't forget to send your thank you cards to the White House.

 

TruthHunter's picture

Dear Mr Erdogan,

.We are very sorry. Our ancesters made a terrible mistake.

They gave your loser Ottoman ancesters way too much.

Say thank you and STFU.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Close the borders, let Erdogan drown in his own shit. As for refugees machine gun a few boats is shallow water they will soon get the message; desperate times require unsavoury solutions.

t0mmyBerg's picture

Ok.  Now that's funny.

Erdogan is the latest ugly tin-pot little dictator to threaten the world.  Fuck him.

I mean look at the comparison of Erdogan to Gollum.  Pretty uncanny resemblance

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/04/turkish-president-recep-tayyi...

Bumpo's picture

The EU is a bunch of Metro-sexual Pussies .. Why do they take Erdogan's shit like this? Problem is, Turkey's conventional army would probably kick Europe's ass. Europe is one giant estrogen mimicker. Good luck with your sacred refugees.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Can anyone tell me the difference between a 'migration' and an 'invasion'?

I'm also not real clear on what constitutes the differences between foreign-backed coups, revolutions, and civil wars.

Like Syria.  Is that a foreign-backed coup, or a civil war?

Or the Maidan in Ukraine.  Was that a revolution of a foreign-backed coup?

So back to these 'migrants'.  Why ISN'T it an invasion again?

macholatte's picture

Can anyone tell me the difference between a 'migration' and an 'invasion'?

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
– Unknown

Migration: When you leave my country.
Invasion: When you arrive in my country.

Mr. Bones's picture

If they let anyone from Turkey travel without a visa, how could they be sure there aren't refugees among them?

It seems like Erdogan thinks that he can get paid billions for the privilege of holding all of the cards.  No matter what decision the current powers make, they'll be strengthening euro skeptic sentiment.

Sages wife's picture

This guy knows how to negotiate with the West. Most just listen quietly and nod. He's probably the seediest, most untrustworthy of leaders, but he's no puppet. That said, he makes my skin crawl. Release the jackals!

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Its a guy thats 'this close' to being expendable, trying to remain relevant.

minimaximus's picture

Nice, racism and ignorance are the best combo one can have.

 

Majority of Kurds are Sunni Muslims...

 

But yeah, fuck Erdogan and his terrorist surrogates (who incidentally, prefer Muslim blood over others, but don't let that disturb your world view)

Gavrikon's picture

True.

Well-informed racism is quite a good thing, however. 

BlindMonkey's picture

That was from the truck stop in Calais.  Right?

BobEore's picture

There is no such leverage as the article attributes to Turkey.

UNHCR figures showed just under 2M Syrians registered in that country as of Aug 2015. Less than 500,000 of those are currently in camps.

Many are already integrated into general society. Citizenship has started to be granted. The Turks, like the Europeans, have used the refugee population as a source of low paid labor, and a means of keeping control of wage demands. The Syrian influx has contributed mightily to keeping the real estate market rising there, and were they to be 'removed' at this point, the implications for that part of the economy - as well as many others - would be catastrophic.

No. The pool of refugees not already permanently settled is to be used to replace the Kurdish population of southeastern cities where their forcible exit is already underway. The "reconstruction" schemes provide the clue: homeowners are not being allowed back in to their own properties - expropriated by the state for chump change.

It's all in the manual - a repeat of 1919 - 1925 - a kinder, gentler kind of killing me softly, perfect mood music for the 21st century killing fields of the Yinon Plan kind. "Demographic Rebalancing" is the official term.

There is no leverage. Europe could call the bluff. But they won't - because that's not what the playbook calls for.

D Nyle's picture

Open the gates and get the visa free travel, go Erdogan, in full desclosure I'm selling head banging rugs, trash bags and man dresses

drendebe10's picture

I would be surprised if the progressive liberal eurotrash leaders did not rollover.  But a better option would be to bomb the Turkish leader into oblivion.

CheapBastard's picture

Let them all in ... except the muslim climate change deniers!

 

~ Low Retta