Old 17th Oct 2015, 09:28
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The numbers are starting to ramp up since Merkel upend the door - and once you have family and kin already there, many otherwise hesitant will decide to move. Relying on Turkey to stop them them seems a joke....

Torygraph: Turkey ridicules offer of EU membership in exchange for halting refugee influx

Turkey has brushed off the offer of EU membership in exchange for halting the refugee influx as “bribery”, hours after European leaders sought to buy the country’s co-operation at a price of 2.2 billion.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the man Europe hopes can hold back a vast new wave of migrants, ridiculed an offer of visas, cash and a fresh chapter of accession talks drawn up by European leaders last night. If Brussels wants his co-operation, nothing less than full EU membership will do, the president said, adding that the offer did not appear to be “sincere”. “The West and Europe's security and stability is contingent on our security and stability. They have accepted this now. So if it can't happen without Turkey, why don't you take Turkey into the EU? The problem is clear but they are not open,” he said........

European leaders made no effort to conceal that the deal reflects hard-headed Realpolitik, offering sweeteners and large sums of cash in order to halt what the deal text calls a “massive influx” of refugees. “An agreement with Turkey makes sense only if it effectively contains the flow of refugees,” said Donald Tusk, the European Council president, in the early hours of Friday as the summit wrapped up.

Despite criticism from liberal sources that the EU was “outsourcing” its border policy to an increasingly authoritarian neighbour, there is growing urgency in Brussels to get a deal in place before the deteriorating Syrian civil war precipitates a new wave of refugees. Already some 350,000 people have attempted to cross from Turkey to Greece since September, with just 50,000 stopped by the Turkish police........

However despite European desire for a deal, it is unclear whether Mr Erdogan could even implement the Turkish side of the bargain as he faces a crucial parliamentary election on November 1st where his AKP party is trying to regain its majority. Polls show a majority of Turkish public opinion is now against allowing Syrian refugees to settle in Turkey.

The deal will also face hurdles in Europe where Francois Hollande, the French president, warned that any offer to grant Schengen-area visas to millions of Turkish businessmen and students must come with strings attached.
“Liberalisation of visas with Turkey should be on extremely specific, controlled terms,” said Mr Hollande, hinting at disquiet in some European capitals at the security implications of liberalising the visa regime with Turkey.
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