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The truth is out: Why Turkey doesn’t halt the refugees’ influx despite €3-bn EU agreement

We have wondered many times why Turkey does not implement what it has agreed upon with the European Union, after it signed the deal: 3 billion euro vs halting the refugees and migrants flow to Europe. KTG also often expressed the suspicion that Brussels most probably had not handed out the cheque to Ankara as promised. And here is the truth by the lips of Turkish officials.

Turkish Minister for European Affairs Volkan Bozkir told state broadcast TRT Haber

“The 3 billion euro EU funds for the Syrians refugees in Turkey will be sent  end of February or beginning of March.”

End of story – We will complain again for the daily arrival of 3,000-4,000 refugees to Greece and consequently to Europe in a month or so, when Ankara will have received the money. Then we will check if our neighbors in the Aegean keep their promises or not.

Who was recently who claimed Turkey is not doing enough despite the agreement? I think it was Berlin or some black-tie loafer in Brussels or elsewhere in Europe.

Ops! it was the European Union via EU Commission Vice President, Dutch Frans Timmermans, supported by Germany that joined the orchestra with a violin…

“The European Union on Thursday complained that Turkey wasn’t doing enough to significantly decrease the number of people making the dangerous crossing into Greece and beyond to the continent’s heartland where many EU nations are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants and refugees.

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said the EU is “a long way from being satisfied” with the effort from Ankara so far, especially after offering 3 billion euros ($3.26 billion) in aid and political concessions — like an easing of visa restrictions and the fast-tracking of its EU membership process — only two months ago.

Germany alone has said that about 3,200 people are arriving each day, many through Turkey, and that numbers haven’t declined despite commitments to do something about it. In all, nearly 1.1 million people were registered as asylum-seekers in Germany last year, more than 400,000 of them from Syria.”

via Associated Press on Jan 7th 2016

It is the same Timmermans who recently claimed false figures of arrivals from Syria.

“More than half of the people now arriving to Europe come from countries where you can assume they have no reason to apply for refugee status. More than half, 60 percent“, Timmermans told Dutch media broadcaster NOS.

However, recent figures provided by both the EU’s border agency, Frontex, and the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) paint a much more nuanced picture. Reason enough for EU affairs website to investigate Timmermanns’ claims and write a report with the correct percentage of migrants or refugee and with the cute title: Timmermans blunders on migrants figures

PS the masks are falling one after the other – But the EU thinks, the European citizens is sheep forage is fields full of κουτόχορτο (dumb-grass)

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  1. I assumed that you knew, several EU countries have refused to pay their share of the 3b euros, and the European Commission has been unable to raise the money. I know only that Germany and the UK paid immediately: what I do not know is who refused to pay. Hungary, maybe? Slovakia? Latvia? Finland? Who knows what the fuck these morons have in their near-empty minds.
    However, I do have doubts about the legality of outsourcing refugee services to Turkey — which does not grant refugee status and has a terrible human rights record, which is currently worsening. The EU is breaking its own laws, as it did with the eurozone, just to suit national interests of certain countries. It can only end in disaster.

    • 1/3 of the money comes from EU budget, 2/3 from the countries. Also Italy has reservations and Renzi asked to know how much money each country will have to pay. Without transparency the EU cannot go far away. PS I wonder how much money Greece will have to pay…

      • Giaourti Giaourtaki

        Renzi gots a “Greek problem”, he wants EU-promises regarding flexible reviews of the austerity in Italy to be met first, he also said in Berlin to Mommy: “Austerity creates no growth!”

  2. So unless his govt gets money, President Erdogan will NOT act responsibly and honourably. Shame as the Turkish people in general are good and decent

  3. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    Big part of the truth is that Turkey wants to invade a refugees blocking hundred kilometre long frontier-line in Syria to destroy Kurdish autonomy and democracy and as louder the Europeans scream the easier Ankara can do it.

    • Indeed. The West’s shameful behaviour in not having allowed a Kurdish state over the last century or more, is still the policy. This, despite the fact that it is the Kurds who are fighting (and dying) the real war against ISIS. For their troubles, their biggest problem in the region — Turkey — continues to receive western support and of course is a full member of NATO.
      The West has only itself to blame for all the violence and terrorism that is coming its way from regional Islamic terror groups. The USA, France, UK, Saudi Arabia et al. even financed ISIS until recently. And of course, it is known that Turkey finances ISIS by buying oil from them.
      Similarly with the Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees: the West is responsible for creating them. Yet all we hear is whining from extreme right racist groups and brain-damaged right wing politicians — especially those in Hungary and the rest of eastern Europe.

      • keeptalkinggreece

        oh, there are indeed nato/usa plans for a Kurdish state but the point is a) how to unite the Kurds b) how to convince Turkey/Syria/Iran to lose part of their territories.

        • Giaourti Giaourtaki

          One of the reasons why most Kurdish movements are fighting for autonomy and not for a Kurdish state.
          Another – main reason – is that these movements are no nationalist movements, also lots of non-“Kurds” fighting together with them, even Turkmen who always serve as an alibi for Erdogun in Syria.