Erdoğan calls on states to help with refugee crisis – POLITICS – Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan an...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet cites  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from an op-ed penned for The Guardian. The bottom line is that Turkey is calling on the world to create a fair mechanism to share the refugee burden.

Source: Erdoğan calls on states to help with refugee crisis – POLITICS

On the surface of it, this article is reasonable. However, it does not reflect the political and social context. For example, densely populated countries, like the UK, should not be expected to share the same burden as more sparsely populated countries, like the US, Canada and Australia. Another political aspect is Angela Merkel throwing billions of Euros of EU money at the crisis, in an attempt to stem the tide of migration to Europe, especially Germany – Germany has bullied the rest of the EU into submission on refugees but the people are pushing back everywhere, most notably in Germany. Finally, many will be wary of Turkey’s president writing op-eds in liberal Western newspapers because it is uncertain whether foreign leaders would be granted the same freedoms in Turkey.

Thoughts?

2 responses

  1. This article via Dr Alf shows President Erdogan seeing himself as a Sultan of a revived Ottoman Empire.

    I seem to remember him doing a deal not more than a few months ago with Merkel and Tusk which involved Turkey taking migrants in exchange for £6 billion GBP a year. The UK had to stump up £0.50 billion GBP of this which represents 1/12th of the total despite the fact that there are 28 member states. We are told repeatedly that the migration problem is “soluble” and “containable” but now it seems that Erdogan wants other countries to undertake what his country is being paid to do.

    Doubtless, he will encourage more people smuggling through different routes to increase pressure for Turkey to be fast tracked into the EU whilst at the same time hanging on to his £6 billion GBP a year and in not too many months time, demanding yet more money.

    To use the brutal language of Lord Sugar, Merkel, Cameron and Poland’s Donald Tusk have been “legged over”(conned) but the taxpayers of Europe will then be expected to foot the bill for their stupidity, folly and misjudgement.

    • Thanks John. I agree with the broad thrust of your argumnent.

      It is time for Europe to get a new breed of leaders, especially in Germany, France and the UK, who are ready to contain the power of the EU.

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