The European Commission is set to release a report finding that Turkey’s human rights practices failed to comply with the terms of the deal – a finding that would end all hope of Turkish citizens receiving visa-free travel and likely forcing Erdogan to open the floodgates.
The Erdogan government became enraged after a senior European official claimed that Turkey is not committed to doing what is necessary to join the 28-nation bloc and that its residents should be denied visa-free travel within the EU as was initially agreed upon by the two parties. The spat between Turkish officials and the European Union comes at a time when Europe desperately needs to preserve the migrant deal.
The Erdogan government has made it no secret that in the event that the two parties cannot agree to terms, Turkey will open the floodgates allowing millions of refugees residing in refugee camps to rush into the European Union through Greece.
That scenario seems increasingly likely with the EU Commission planning to deliver a report documenting Turkey’s lack of progress towards delivering on terms stipulated in the migrant pact including liberalizing policies towards dissent – an issue that falls in stark contradiction to Turkey’s post-coup purge that has seen nearly 100,000 individuals removed from the civil sector and tens of thousands arrested on suspicion of involvement in the coup plot.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim signaled that Ankara expects its residents to receive visa-free travel into the EU’s Schengen Zone beginning in October based on actions Ankara has taken in fulfillment of the refugee agreement, but the EU Commission report is expected to say that Turkey has fallen short of their commitments.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated the position that Ankara will refuse to cooperate in addressing Europe’s migration crisis unless visa-free travel materializes.
Full article: Erdogan Set to Flood Europe With Millions of Migrants as EU Refugee Deal Falters (Sputnik News)