If emergency talks between the European Union and Turkey do not result in visa-free admission for Turks to the EU, Turkey will withdraw from the “migrant readmission agreement.”
This barely-concealed blackmail attempt was announced by Turkish President Recep Erdogan today after initial talks failed to reach an agreement.
According to the Bild newspaper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel “made it clear” after talks with Erdogan in Istanbul that the June 30 target date of instituting the visa-free admission program “was no longer tenable.”
The sticking point has come on Erdogan’s refusal to reform the current anti-terrorism laws in Turkey, which are being used to squash internal dissent.
The revisal of this law, Merkel told Erdogan, was an “EU requirement” for the visa requirement to be lifted.
Today, Erdogan said that the Turkish Foreign Minister would now continue the negotiations with the EU in his place.
“Should however these talks bring no results, then no decision and no law regarding the readmission agreement and the implementation process would be adopted” by the Turkish parliament, he said.
“If you’re still imposing criteria on Turkey which provides important support to the European Union by preventing those living in camps and pre-fabricated homes who are waiting to go to Europe (from getting there), then I’m sorry,” he said.
Erdogan accused the EU of only introducing the demand to reform that law after the “readmission agreement” was negotiated.
This is, however, another lie, because this requirement had been part of the agreement made with the Erdogan government in 2013.
Then, Erdogan—who was Prime Minister at the time—had called the agreement a “milestone.”
Today, however, he said that the EU was “not going to constantly impose new criteria upon us.”
“We will tolerate this up to a certain point, but after enduring it, Turkey has taken a final decision: And after having made the decision, then, no with offense, we say: Just you think it over.”
The EU offered Turkey the visa waiver as incentive—along with €6 billion ($6.8 billion) for Syrian refugees and fast-track EU membership talks—in order to get that country to stop the nonwhite invasion from Turkey.
The promised money has, however, not yet been paid over, another point which rankles Erdogan. However, the flow of invaders from Turkey has not been stopped either.