As soon as the German chancellor went on vacation, Ankara announced the removal of barriers to migrants in the EU.
After three bouts of trembling that happened recently with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, she has been on vacation since Monday last week. As the Rheinische Post reported in connection with this, the Chancellor took with her the book “The Shaking Woman” by the American writer Siri Hustvedt. In this work, the author, herself suffering from uncontrollable bouts of trembling, described her own story.
The duration of the current holiday of Merkel – three weeks. But there is reason to believe that she will return to work much earlier. Because it cost her to move away from current affairs, Ankara announced that the readmission agreement with the EU, reached in March 2016, will no longer be valid until the EU fulfills its promise to abolish visas for citizens entering the Republic of Turkey.
Let me remind you what is at stake.
To solve the problem of the migration crisis that broke out in the European Union in 2015, Ankara and Brussels signed on March 18, 2016 the so-called Agreement on Refugees (it. Flüchtlingsdeal). In accordance with it, the EU pledged no later than June 2016 to introduce a visa-free regime for Turkish citizens, and also to pay Turkey by the end of 2018 two tranches of financial assistance totaling 6 billion euros, which should be used by the Turkish government to finance projects for receiving and accommodation on its territory of Syrian refugees. For its part, Turkey pledged to counteract illegal migration through the Aegean Sea by preventing refugees and migrants from Syria from entering the EU. In addition, Brussels and Ankara pledged to give new impetus to the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.
To date, of the promised 6 billion euros, Brussels has paid only 3.5 billion. The promised visa-free has not yet been introduced. And “a new impetus to the process of Turkey’s accession to the European Union” was not given at all. But right after Turkey started exploring gas fields in the coastal waters of Northern Cyprus (in fact, the Turkish part of the island), as the European Union instantly imposed economic sanctions against Ankara.
- For Turkey, it’s impossible for another 50 years to be trampled under the EU’s doors, – said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt авavuşoлуlu in an interview with the Sabah newspaper (Ankara’s talks with Brussels on the country’s accession to the EU began in 1987).
– The readmission agreement and visa-free agreement were to enter into force simultaneously. That did not happen. Therefore, Turkey decided to suspend its obligations under this agreement. And our country will not be frightened by the threat of expulsion from NATO, since these threats are not a priori realizable. We are developing new principles of our foreign policy and will report them in early August.
More specifically, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey, Suleiman Soylu. In an interview with Anadolu, he hinted that Ankara could use the control of unregulated migration to put pressure on Brussels, he said: “Obviously, Europe has left us alone in this matter. The approving slap on the shoulder ceased to suit us. If Turkey had not taken decisive measures in its time, not a single European government would have survived even six months of the invasion of migrants. If you want, we will try (open the border to Europe).” Considering that today in Turkey there are up to three million only Syrian refugees who did not reach Europe, the hint of Minister Soilu is more than transparent.
For comparison: according to official data, in Germany, where the absolute majority of migrants from the countries of the Middle East and North Africa are breaking, for the period from 2015 to 2018 about 800 thousand people received asylum. Experts estimate that in the same period, the number of migrants from these countries who arrived in Germany, both legally and illegally, reached 2.5 million.
In the European Commission, only one media relations official Natasha Berto responded to these statements by the heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey: “We believe that both parties will adhere to the signed agreement,” she said, adding that “The European Commission is only today ( July 22) adopted a new set of assistance measures in the amount of 1.41 billion euros, providing ongoing support by the European Union of refugees and their host communities in Turkey. ”
No one commented on the “Turkish demarche” from the leadership of the European Commission. To this day, they are silent about this in the leadership of Germany. Yes, they reported on the decision of Ankara only newspaper of the German business community Handelsblatt, the Internet portal FinanzNacrichten (“Financial News”) and the German-language site World News Monitors.
But this is not a malicious “conspiracy of silence.” It’s just that EU politicians today have nothing to answer the ultimatum of their Turkish colleagues, for whom the presence of millions of refugees in Turkey is becoming increasingly problematic.
As the German newspapers Die Welt and Der Tagesspiegel reported on July 23, “the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011, received 3.6 million Syrian refugees with open arms. Over the years, however, discontent with the Syrians grew in Turkish society. According to a study conducted by the University. Kadir Hasa in Istanbul, currently 67.7% of Turks are unhappy with the presence of Syrians in the country. Tensions and riots are especially observed in cities such as Istanbul and Gaziantep, where hundreds of thousands of Syrian citizens live. And under pressure from the opposition, the government recently tightened the course against the Syrians.
The harsh rules of the “Guidance for the struggle for the survivability of submarines” boats condemn.
Unlike the Turkish, the German opposition advocates the unlimited admission of all migrants. So, for example, from the point of view of the “greens”, German cities and communities should receive the right to independently receive the refugees rescued in the Mediterranean. As the 26-year-old deputy chairman of the Soyuz-90 / Green party, Jamila Schaefer, said on this occasion, “dozens of municipalities have already declared themselves safe havens and are ready to receive refugees directly.”
Schaefer’s statement is a consequence of a recent incident with the vessel Sea Watch 3, owned by the German non-governmental organization Sea Watch e. V. and engaged in the rescue of illegal migrants off the coast of Libya. In June of this year, the captain of the vessel, 31-year-old German Carola Rocket, contrary to the ban of the Italian authorities, led the ship with 43 migrants picked up in the Mediterranean Sea to the port of the island of Lampedusa. The Italian authorities, initiating a criminal case on this fact, arrested the vessel, and temporarily placed the captain under house arrest, which caused hysteria in the ranks of human rights activists, the “greens” and their indefatigable electorate. On this wave, and there was an initiative to create refuge cities for migrants.
The Greens were supported by the Left Party. As one of its leaders, the 63-year-old deputy of the Bundestag, Bernd Rixinger, stated, “cities and communities hosting refugees must receive cash grants from the Federal Government or the European Union. Today in Germany already 70 municipalities agree to accept refugees rescued in the Mediterranean, but they are not allowed to do so. This situation must be urgently changed. The federal government must remove all obstacles. It is inefficient to build walls around Europe. Private maritime rescuers correct the failed state policy. ”
But not all Germans share the “migrant” philosophy of the “greens” and their allies. And those left without Chancellor Merkel’s top-echelon politician who has departed on vacation — that in Berlin, in Brussels — is reliably known. And they understand that they now publicly declare about the Turkish threat to flood Europe with more than a three million wave of migrants, this will strengthen the right-wing extremist sentiments that are already growing in society.
And how not to be in such moods if the day does not pass, so that the media will not be informed about the next rapes, murders, bodily injuries and other criminal incidents committed by “Merkel guests” (“Merkels gäste”), as the Germans call “those in large numbers”. About this already and jokes make up in the spirit of “black” humor. Here is one of the last, based on the real event of last Monday, when 55-year-old local German Roland K. shot 26-year-old Eritrean refugee in the Hessian town of Wächtersbach, after which he shot himself.
In the end of the anecdote narrator, who reported this horrible news to his friend, asks the question: “What did Roland shoot himself for?”
As a “cherry on the cake”: this anecdote was told to me in a large company of indigenous West Germans, which included three bank employees, a teacher, a nurse, a civilian pilot, an auto mechanic, a social worker, an installer and an IT person. I’m acquainted with them for a long time and I know: none of them sympathize with the ultra-right. However, in the May elections to the European Parliament, many of them voted for candidates from the anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany. This is a word about the mood in German society.
But even if we assume for a second that Chancellor Merkel is already interrupting her vacation today, then with one stroke of the pen the situation with the opening of the Turkish border in front of more than three million migrants will not be allowed. Mainly, because the promise of Brussels to introduce visa-free travel with Turkey was stipulated in the Readmission Agreement by seventy-two (!) Conditions that Ankara had to fulfill in order for the “fairy tale to come true”. Among these conditions are such as ensuring the rights of minorities (primarily sexual), freedom of speech and refusal of persecution for political reasons, ensuring the independence of the courts, revision of the country’s tough anti-terrorism legislation (after July 2016) Turkey) and much more.
And finally, I will return to what I started with – the book taken by Chancellor Merkel on a vacation.
In the essay “Shaking Woman” (“Die zitternde Frau”) published in the Rheinische Post, its author Lothar Schröder writes, in particular:
– This book, published nine years ago, was widely noticed and discussed at the time. Now, due to shivering attacks of the Chancellor, it has again become so urgent that many want to know if the Chancellor took Siri Hustvedt’s book with her on vacation. Maybe she did. But her reading of Angela Merkel is unlikely to please. But in any case, the experience and the fearless, honest self-analysis of the author should make us think that we are very quickly looking for diagnoses for disorders and require immediate corrective actions. No one wants a chronic disease for himself, so Hustvedt at the end of the book advises: you just have to accept it, but you don’t have to suffer from it. And doctors should think about beta-blockers.
Will Merkel herself now be the “doctor” who finds “blocker” for Ankara ?