Turkey and a number of countries in the European Union are locked in a bitter diplomatic war after the Netherlands and Germany barred Turkish officials from attending/holding rallies aimed at encouraging the Turkish diaspora to vote “yes” in next month’s referendum in Turkey, which is claimed to greatly expand President Erdogan’s powers.
After Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu threatened to release a wave of refugees (15,000 a month) which are currently held inside Turkey’s borders over Europe, during Turkey’s intensifying dispute with the European Union, it seems like the accord between Brussels and Ankara is hanging by a thread.
The European bloc and Turkey reached a deal one year ago which substantially reduced the number of refugees arriving in Europe via Turkey. The EU agreed to pay billions of euros per its part in the deal, yet Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu already hinted that his country may break the deal thus “blowing the mind” of Europe, considering the fact that Turkey harbors over two million refugees.
Basically, Turkey is threatening the European Union with refugees which are used in a weaponized way, like a leverage of sorts in the escalating diplomatic war.
Turkey’s President Erdogan repeatedly accused European countries for behaving like Nazi Germany, claiming that the EU is discriminating its 4,6 million strong Turkish diaspora and his comments have caused outrage in Western chancelleries.
Erdogan said recently during a televised speech:
“From here I say to my citizens, I say to my brothers and sisters in Europe… Educate your children at better schools, make sure your family live in better areas, drive in the best cars, live in the best houses.
“Have five children, not three. You are Europe’s future.”
“This is the best answer to the rudeness shown to you, the enmity, the wrongs,”
hinting at a soft take over via demographics. Just as a quick reminder:
“One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”
– Houari Boumedienne, President of Algeria, at the UN in 1974
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