Turkey Threatens EU With New Refugee Surge

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Friday to

 open Turkey's borders to allow refugees and migrants to reach the European Union in a move that would tear up a landmark deal that has reduced the flow.


 

Erdogan's comments, some of his toughest in recent times against the EU, prompted an immediate warning from Germany which helped broker the deal that such "threats" were unhelpful.



 

 

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The threat came a day after the European Parliament angered Ankara by backing a freeze in EU accession talks, already hit by alarm over its crackdown following the July 15 failed coup.


 

"Listen to me. If you go any further, then the frontiers will be opened, bear that in mind," Erdogan told the EU during a speech in Istanbul.


 

He said Brussels had cried out for help in 2015 as tens of thousands of migrants massed at Turkey's border crossing with EU member state Bulgaria. 


 

"You began to ask us 'What will we do if Turkey opens its borders'?" he asked.

 

'Promises unfulfilled'

 

On March 18, Ankara and Brussels forged a deal for Turkey to halt the flow of migrants to Europe - an accord that has largely been successful in reducing the number of people crossing the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece.


 

Hundreds of people have drowned in the Aegean en route from Turkey to Greece on unseaworthy boats.


 

They included three-year-old Syrian Aylan Kurdi, with the images of his lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach spurring the international community into action.


 

Turkey agreed to step up maritime and land border controls in exchange for incentives on its long-stalled EU membership bid, including visa-free travel for its citizens and an acceleration of accession talks.


 

However with an October target passing, no apparent progress on the visa issue and the accession talks stalled, Ankara has accused Brussels of failing to keep its side of the bargain.


 

"This deal has always been inherently fragile and dependent not only on good political relations but each side holding up their end of the deal. As time goes on, we see it becoming more and more fragile, particularly since the coup over the summer,” Elizabeth Collett, director of the Migration Policy Institute, in Brussels, told Al Jazeera.


Source:- aljazeera



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