EU open to migrant blackmail by Turkey thanks to Merkel cock-up

16 May

While the EU is desperate for the deal to succeed, it also insists that Turkey meets 72 criteria, including anti-terror laws which it says Turkey uses to stifle dissent and press freedom. 


Ankara says it needs sweeping legislation to fight Kurdish insurgents and Islamic State.

Mrs Merkel is due to attend the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23 and there are plans for bilateral talks with other leaders in attendance. 

Social Democrats (SPD) Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Turkey was still the key country for migration to Europe, adding: “We need to cooperate to some extent if we want to avoid the circumstances we had last year.”

EU border agency Frontex has recently revealed that the numbers arriving in Greece dropped 90 per cent last month compared with March, seen as a sign that the deal with Turkey was working. 

About 2,700 people arrived in Greece from Turkey last month, mostly from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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