The whopping €3 billion inducement negotiated between Turkey and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is already being sneered at by the Turkish government, with the country’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stating in an interview that he didn’t intend for his country to become a “concentration camp” for migrants either – implying the nation will not stop migrants going to Europe.
The deal, struck last week, shocked observers across the continent not just because of the huge sums of money involved, but also due to the promise from the European Union that they would “liberalise” visa restrictions between the EU and Turkey. Mrs. Merkel followed up with a visit to Ankara this weekend where she pledged to fast-track Turkish EU membership, a policy backed by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
In effect, this would lead to an open border between Turkey and EU member states, including Britain, meaning that a further 75 million people from the Islamist-run country could find their way into Europe with no resistance.
But the situation has deteriorated further, with Mr. Davutoğlu unceremoniously announcing last night: “We spoke of 3 billion euros [$3.4 billion] as ‘fresh money’ but it is not a fixed sum. Our [financial] needs may increase.”
So less than a week after the deal was finalised, the Turkish are now moving the goalposts. And not just this – take a look at what he said on actually stopping the migration – as the deal was supposed to do:
“We cannot accept an understanding like ‘give us the money and they stay in Turkey’,” he said.
“I told this to Merkel, too. No one can accept Turkey becoming a country like a concentration camp where all refugees live,” revealing that in private conversations with lead-negotiator Mrs. Merkel, he basically admitted that Turkey would do little to stem migration despite being offered everything under the sun.
It will come as no surprise to those who understand the modus operandi of the Turkish government, especially when it comes to their problems with the Kurdish people.
And then Mr. Davutoğlu went on to make more demands.
“In the past, the EU got what it wanted, but didn’t keep its promises. The visa liberalization has to take force,” he said.
“We demanded the abolition of the Schengen visa [for Turks] and got a positive response. It will happen in July 2016; negotiations are continuing. Things will become clear at the start of the 2016”. he said.
So fully expect the EU, with Britain funding 10 per cent of the deal, to hand over more cash and access to Turkey, as well as medium-term EU membership – with nothing being achieved on the migration front.
Cynics may argue that the deal was a ploy to expand the EU under the guise of an “action plan” surrounding the migrant crisis. Whether that proves true or not, it is clear the Turkish government has not yet achieved everything it plans to in the negotiation process, and European and British tax payers will be the ones that pay the price.