There are a further three million “refugees” right now in Turkey aiming to move to Europe, EU Commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Monday.
Another 500,000 “refugees” are standing by in North Africa, but Greece will be the first to be impacted in the summer, he added.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with the president of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in Athens yesterday, Avramopoulos said that the “refugees” intend to cross to Europe through Greece.
He said that if the agreement between Turkey and the European Union on curbing the refugee flows to Europe fails, then Greece will face huge waves of migrants and refugees arriving at its shores.
Pavlopoulos added that the “cohesion of the European Union now depends on the outcome of the battle to deal with the refugee crisis.”
He said that if Turkey “shows disregard for the agreement, then Europe will face a tremendous problem in the middle of the summer.”
The threat of Turkey withdrawing from the agreement seems ever more likely, as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has announced that it was “impossible” to meet the EU’s demand that Turkey change its notorious anti-terror laws in exchange for the visa-free travel to the Schengen zone.
“We have told them ‘we are not threatening you’ but there’s a reality. We have signed two deals with you (the EU) and both are interlinked,” Cavusoglu told media yesterday. “This is not a threat but what is required from an agreement,” he said.
Building on a threat by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, Cavusoglu said Turkey would use “administrative” measures to block the deal if needed.
The two critical EU demands which Turkey has failed to are the anti-terror legislation—which the EU hypocritically claims suppresses “freedom of speech” (as if there is genuine freedom of speech in the EU), and the practical issue of biometric passports.
Cavusoglu took advantage of the EU hypocrisy over the anti-terror legislation, saying that it was difficult to see what the EU’s problem with the Turkish law was, bearing in mind that every EU country persecutes people for expressing opinions which the elite do not like.
“Which definition are you talking about? Each country in Europe has different terror definitions,” Cavusoglu said, pointing to stringent measures in France.
* In reality, the EU-Turkey deal has hardly dented the nonwhite invasion. According to Cavusoglu, Turkey has now taken in “about 400” invaders sent back from Greece—a drop in the ocean compared to the thousands landing in Europe every day.
At the same time, at least 130 “Syrians” from Turkey had been “resettled” in EU member states.