Turkey Resorts To Blackmail, Warns Europe It Will Unleash Refugees If No Visa-Free Travel

Tyler Durden's picture

The month of May was very contentious one for Euro-Turkey relations.

Following months of monetary and diplomatic appeasement of Erdogan, which culminated with a migration deal according to which Turkey would hold Syrian refugees within its borders instead of allowing them to continue onward to Central Europe, things promptly fell apart. As a reminder, less than a month ago, a high-ranking deputy for Turkey’s ruling AKP party, Burhan Kuzu (also a former adviser to President Erdogan) issued an explicit threat to Europe which was at that time discussing whether or not to grant Turkey visa-free travel within the continent. Specifically, he tweeted that "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!." Many read that as tacit blackmail.

Fast forward two weeks later, when we learned that the EU plan to extend visa-free travel privileges to Turkey as of July 1 would be delayed over worries Ankara won't meet the key conditions on time. As Deutsche Welle reported "Chancellor Angela Merkel is in no mood to budge" in what is the first actual indication of resistance by the German to the increasingly more whimsical demands by the Turkish president.

Erdogan quickly responded by escalating the threat level: "The current system falls short... the burden is shouldered only by certain countries, everyone should assume responsibility from now on," he said. "Needs increase every day but resources do not increase at the same pace. There are tendencies to avoid responsibility among the international community." He added that Turkey had spent $10 billion on hosting Syrian refugees, compared to $450 million from the rest of the international community.

As we concluded, the implication was straightforward: send even more money over and above the $3 billion promised previously.

And now that Erdogan's failure to pass visa-free travel will be criticized domestically with questions over his ability to govern without his former PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who was instrumental in getting the visa-waiver deal, the question is whether the infuriated Turkish leader will resort to making good on his threat, and once again send out countless refugees along the Balkan route whose end destination is well-known: the wealthy countries of Central Europe.

It all came to a head early today, when Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told state broadcaster TRT Haber on Tuesday that Turkey would have to suspend its agreement with the European Union to stem the flow of migrants into the bloc if there is no deal to grant visa-free travel to Turks.

In other words, no visa-free travel - something both German and the EU are against as of this moment due to concerns it would permit terrorist to slip through Schengen's border - would mean Turkey floods Europe with hundreds of thousands of more refugees.

Furthermore Reuters reports that in a televized interview, Cavusoglu demand the German government must make clear its stance is not in line with a German parliament resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a genocide. In doing so he is pushing Merkel to support a position that is against the will of the vast majority of the German people, and forcing her to take a stand: side with Turkey or be accept hundreds of thousands more refugees.

For now Turkey's blackmail remains purely verbal, although should Europe still refuse to grant Erdogan his demands, it is likely that a "test" release of refugees will follow in the coming weeks to prompt the desired response.

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Spungo's picture

We should do some kind of Russian gangster style shit. Kill Erdogan's youngest daughter and send her head to him. That might get the point across.

mtl4's picture

Europe got wind of Erdogan's scam of taking money from the EU then shipping them back via legal tourism so now he's just gonna send them back anyway........whoa, never saw that coming, lol.


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Reasons why Britain needs to stay in the EU:




The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership promises to give better negotiating leverage to Britain's top companies, allowing them to better compete in the global market place


2. Helping Refugees


The EU is committed to helping the millions of destitute refugees fleeing Assad's brutal regime, and will force each country to do its part, in the face of opposition from right wing extremists


3. New Partnership with Turkey


Turkey is set to join the EU, which will allow British people to experience the rich cultural history of Turkey with limitless travel, as well as providing opportunities for lower-income Turks to improve their standard of living


4. Remain Campaign Endorsed by Economic Experts


Many of the world's top economic and political authorities have put their weight behind the remain campaign, such as Goldman Sachs investment bank, Mark Carnie of the bank of England and President Barrack Obama. These experts fear the consequences to the British and global economies if Brexit were to occur, and believe that remaining in the EU is Britain's best change for a bright future.

The Saint's picture

The solution, of course, is to kick Turkey out of NATO and let Putin know he has a green light to turn Turkey into a Christian nation again.

eforce's picture

Germany better be careful or by the end of the year... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DHD9tgK7bE

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Turkey Resorts To Blackmail.  Will Unleash Refugees If No Visa-Free Travel


Erdogan is going to make them an offer they can't refuse? 


Sounds more like a protection racket than blackmail, seeing how Erdogan and NATO caused the refugees.


If Obama had a Muslim godfather he'd look like Gollum?



"Master says to show him the way into Moarwar. So good Sméagol does, master says so."

Vageling's picture

LoL! That made me laugh. Don't understand why people downvoted you but good for them.


It is what I said before. Images speak a thousand words. Something wrong with Barry.

malek's picture

I do hope you meant that sarcastically.

Miles Ahead's picture

Not a fucking chance.  And if he does, then I'm going to re-submit in all seriousness.  Arm the MF Kurds, to the teeth.  Amen.

malek's picture

You two boneheads will need to demand some SS-400 systems and a few nukes for the Kurds too.

Otherwise they will get annihilated without any hurt for the opposite side. Pure cannon fodder. Same as it ever was.

Miles Ahead's picture

You two guys need to explain the breaking news to the 100's of others who fly into a rage when they see the beautiful Green $. They are absolutely incandescent.


He mentioned earlier than Hillary is supported by Starbucks CEO - as a reason for young adults to support her.  That went completely over their obsequious Trumppy heads. 


There's little hope for the future - no matter who wins.  That part is obvious.

quadraspleen's picture

Because being in it for the last 40 odd years has been all sweetness and light. Amiright?

If we were able to have any real influence in the direction OUR country takes (not France, or Germany or any other EU countries' direction - ours) then at the very least David Scameron would have come away from his latest "negotiations" with some concessions. Did he? Did he fuck.



MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Would it not seem prudent to at least consider the remain campaign's point of view, when the world's leading experts such as Goldman Sachs Investment Bank are endorsing it?

Miles Ahead's picture

ahhh ha haha... man, they are going to hang you!  If Trump wins, they are coming after you dude!

wee-weed up's picture

"Release the Kraken!" now becomes...

"Release the migrants!"

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

I don't know why MDB gets downed. Perfectly clear to me that he's trolling.  And in the unlikely event that he's serious...well those bonus dollars must be Zimbabwean.

Bumpo's picture

How hard is it to issue a "Shoot to Kil" order?

wee-weed up's picture

Real hard! Remember, everything is "wussified" these days.

Strelnikov's picture

5. Coming mass forced conversion to Islam, following 1- 4.

jmthomas1987's picture

All the points you posted are exactly why Britain SHOULD LEAVE the EU.


Thank you for making the points so clear and obvious for everyone to finally understand.

Just not the way you had planed to, eh?

jmcadg's picture

I used to think you were a big twat.
Now I know this is pure comedy. But you're still a twat.

Condition 1SQ's picture

Given the fact that MDB almost always posts right after an article is posted on ZH, and usually with a long-winded exposition, I'm fairly certain he's a shadow troll account of one of the ZH editors.  Whatever gets those page views, eh?

COSMOS's picture

Just threaten to kick them out of NATO and let them face Russia alone lol.

Vageling's picture

Sick fuck would probably consider it too. His agenda matters. And the awoken ones know what that is. We should not even talk with this sick fuck. He'll shoot himself in the foot eventually.

Supernova Born's picture

Erdogan acts like Frau Merkel actually wants to stop the flood of immigrants into the EU.

fleur de lis's picture

If the Europeans did not know before they know for sure now that they are expendable hostages in a sadistic EU turf war. The refugees can be held in NATO buildings and sent back. If they return, hold them in a NATO building and send them back. Etc.

As for Ergodan, his handlers must be furious that he has turned into such a loose cannon wrecking the whole plan. This won't end well for him either, for causing the NWO so much high profile negative publicity.

Supernova Born's picture

Erdogan better never threaten President Hillary this way.

Hillary will call his bluff and send a flotilla of ships to bring all the immigrants to the US while dramatically increasing Turkish military aid for a war with Russia.

BobEore's picture

It's a lot easier than going to all that trouble to make a point -


It's said that Erdogan is going to attend Ali's funeral/ Friday in Louisville/



It's the perfect time to make the pretend Caliph aware of the champ's own words. Even with his brain knocked half to cheese, Ali knew more about how Muslims need act than an entire Aksaray palace full of poseurs, bagmen and imams ever will.


"I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so-called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion." - Ali, 2015.


Ali was revered all over the middle east - as an AMERICAN hero. The contrast between his record and that of the phony Caliphs and be-spoked jihadis couldn't be more plain.


If you make it to Louisville to pay your respects to that hero, and spot the Golum Guy, just turn your back to him - and spread the word. Bank on it - it will be a much sharper sword to his "dignity" than anything else you could do.

t0mmyBerg's picture

Goog idea on sending his daughters head to him in a box.  The only two words ever need to be spoken to Erdogan are "Fuck you".

UndertheDRADIS's picture

Does he have horses? It worked with Jack Woltz. . .

Spungo's picture

Russians don't fuck around with horses. Go after the most innocent human to make an example.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

And His O'liness wants to poke this guy?

Glass Seagull's picture



Where:  "refugees" = "suicide bombers sponsored by Ankara and Riyadh"

Miles Ahead's picture

Riyadh and Doha.  Ankara is just the R&R port 'o call.  

Vageling's picture

Never stops to amaze me how people leave out Qatar. Same whahabism shit as KSA. It keeps amazing me how people BS meter don't go off. It's actually in violation calling it whahabism. But hey, what do I know. I get the sunnie, shia thing. Whahabism?

nibiru's picture

It will be fun watching EURO 2016 with all those explosive tourist waiting to unleash the 'fun'. 


ok so France is lost, now let's bet who will be next? Small neighbour (Belgium? Netherlands?) or big one - Germany?

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Going just on appearances I'd say Belgium. Looks more Third World every time I go there.

Vageling's picture

Don't pick too much on my neighbors ;) 

Lost in translation's picture

Nuke Turkey.

Problem solved.

balz's picture

No need to go that way.

Build a wall and problem is solved.

SmittyinLA's picture

"Legalize invasion or we invade"

Bullish Brexit

Dutes's picture

Can someone please explain to me why Britian ever wants to leave this amazing union.

frankly scarlet's picture

Hardball anyone? Seems the EU is in squeeze play between the USA and Turkey. Perhaps the EU should threaten to have Turkey removed from NATO for not being neighbourly and then Russia can deal with Erdogan as She sees fit....but of course the USA  doesn't want Russia in this ball game at all as Russia is now known to be a skilled heavy hitter. The ball of course are these poor refugees, being tossed around without any respect in this final game for the M.E. pennant.

iClaudius's picture

The world would be a better place if Erdogan met with an 'accident'.