The last time I wrote about the Syrian refugee crisis, Turkish dictator Recep Erdogan had given the EU a very interesting ultimatum. Erdogan openly challenged the EU bureaucrats, threatening to release up to 2 million refugees into a Europe already disgruntled over refugee policies unless the EU agreed to advance Turkey’s membership into the union. The Globalists faced a lose-lose situation- either deny Erdogan further and face the political/social/economic nightmare of a tidal wave of refugees and immigrants, or give in to the demands and undermine the authority of the EU’s edicts. Now, nearly three weeks later, the EU has responded.
In what is being billed as a “humanitarian program,” the EU and Turkey have worked out a deal where up to one million refugees in Turkey will be given prepaid debit cards and monthly stipends funded by the EU. The program is expected to cost $393 million, and is just one part of a larger $3 billion program to help Turkey.
When it comes to humanitarian assistance, “our cooperation with Turkish authorities has been excellent,” [Christos Stylianides] added.
Although the EU bureaucrats managed to bypass Erdogan’s ultimatum for now, this response seems to benefit Turkey particularly. The money on the debit cards will be spent on the local Turkish economy, and the people of Europe will be saddled with the bill. What’s more, this debit card scheme cannot resolve the situation, it can only kick the can down the road and buy the EU some time before Erdogan starts making more demands. For all intents and purposes, it appears that Erdogan has used the refugee crisis to extort the EU.
“The money spent by the refugees will go directly into local economies, giving a boost to communities so generously hosting refugees,” [Ertharin Cousin] added.
No matter how Globalists like George Soros attempt to manipulate public opinion towards the refugee crisis, the people of Europe are not buying. The inability to disperse refugees means Turkey is the one to bear the brunt of the Globalist’s war in Syria. Unhappy with this proposition, and recognizing the importance of Turkey’s role, Erdogan has turned the tables on the non-elected bureaucrats running the EU, fracturing the Western coalition against Assad. The rejection of the EU’s refugee policies has produced a domino effect, causing the West’s geopolitical plans to come to a screeching halt in Syria. This is the true reason why the acceptance of the EU’s refugee policies is being pushed so intensely in Europe.
Turkey has complained that the money, which was agreed to in exchange for Ankara’s help in preventing migrants from entering the EU, is arriving too slowly.