Turkey has threatened to let millions of migrants, many refugees from Syria, into Europe if the European Union will not increase the amount of money it is giving Turkey.
From The Telegraph:
Turkey is prepared to “open the gates” and allow hundreds of thousands of refugees on its soil into Europe, the country’s president threatened on Thursday, as he denounced the West’s ‘shameful’ contribution to the crisis.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan goaded EU leaders, saying they had not delivered the €3 billion (£2.3 billion) in aid his government was promised in exchange for halting the tide of refugees.
In a combative address in Ankara, he said the Turkish government was being taken for “idiots” by Brussels and insisted he was “proud” of leak minutes of a high-level meeting with EU leaders, in which he had threatened to flood Europe with refugees.
It came as Nato deployed a taskforce of battleships to the Greek coast to collect intelligence and, for the first time, return any stranded refugee vessels they intercept directly back Turkey. Royal Navy vessels could join the force, the Defence Secretary indicated.
Turkey is struggling to cope with more than 2.5 million refugees on its soil.
Under a now unravelling “dirty deal” organised by the European Union’s leadership and backed by the British government, Mr Erdogan was to be offered €3 billion in aid, in exchange for halting the flow of boats.
Turkey would enact stringent border controls on the west coast in exchange for allowing Turkish citizens to visit EU member states later this year without visa restrictions.
But the cash has been delayed by wrangling among European leaders, and several thousand migrants a day still make the short crossing over the Aegean.
“I am proud of what I said. We have defended the rights of Turkey and the refugees. And we told them: ‘Sorry, we will open the doors and say ‘goodbye’ to the migrants’,” Mr Erdogan said.
He claimed the UN has spent less than half a billion dollars in the crisis, and demanded more countries take in migrants, adding: “Shame on you! Shame on you!”
As the situation progresses over the course of this spring and summer, and as increasingly warm weather brings what could likely be even more massive numbers of migrants to Europe, the situation with Turkey seems to be one more log poised to stoke what could be a massive fire.
Beyond just the 1-2 million-plus Muslim migrants that could reach the EU in 2016, and the massive amount of family reunification immigration which will thus result, it is the very serious sense of anarchy that could prove to be momentous for the continent this year.
If Europeans begin to feel that their governments have finally and completely lost any semblance of control on the migrant crisis, it could bring about increasing native European 4th Generation Warfare, of the kind we have been seeing in recent weeks, only on a much magnified scale.