A new migrant crisis would be horrible but the reason why Turkey threatens Germany might be an even worse result.
Angela Merkel has no one else to blame that Turkey threatens Germany. Rather than trying to control her own borders or the borders of the EU, with the admission that her multi-cultural welfare state was a disastrous idea, she wanted to outsource the problem to Turkey. But the deal that she brokered with Turkey included visa-free travel in the EU. And now Turkey is attempting to blackmail Germany to get the travel rights before they have done their part according to the agreement.
The agreement itself is a security disaster. As I wrote in March,
Furthermore, there is precious little evidence that Turkey will do anything to stop the majority of immigrants, no matter what they say on paper. Turkey will get cash, and the Turks will get visas, but the other refugees will keep getting through.
So now comes the ultimatum, as reported in The Telegraph,
Turkey has threatened to tear up a controversial migrant deal and send hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers to Europe if its citizens are not granted visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen Area within months.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, demanded the EU drop visa requirements for Turkish citizens by October.
But the European Commission refused to back down in the dispute, insisting it will only agree to visa-free travel when Turkey reforms its anti-terror laws.
And Germany warned that Europe “must not be blackmailed” over the issue.
The ultimatum is the first time Turkey has set a deadline over its demands. It will be seen as evidence the migrant deal is in jeopardy from the new hardline stance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime, following last month’s failed coup.
Buried in the story is this tidbit about what made Erdogan suddenly demand quick access:
Turkey yesterday (Monday) summoned the German ambassador to protest after Mr Erdogan was blocked from addressing a rally in Cologne by video link over the weekend.
The summons appeared to be a “tit-for-tat” response to German government criticisms of Mr Erdogan’s increasingly repressive measures in the wake of the coup attempt.
The German courts ruled a plan by Mr Erdogan to address a rally of his supporters in Cologne via live video was illegal.
Erdogan’s outrage is completely hypocritical. He doesn’t even permit a free press in his country. He would never allow a foreign leader to hold a political rally.
But pay attention to the most important takeaway: Erdogan thinks that there are enough supporters in Germany to hold a political rally.
Think on that. It tells you all you need to know about Europe’s immigration policies. Foreign leaders know they have an army in the EU.