Refugee deal with Ankara
Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov has complained in an interview that his country has been left to protect the EU's external border on its own. The government fears a rise in refugee numbers should the EU's deal with Turkey
Ankara has repeatedly threatened to ditch the
President Erdoğan has proposed a referendum in which Turks vote on whether to join the EU. He accused the Union of failing to keep the
The EU Parliament is only willing to discuss easing visa restrictions for Turks once Ankara has fulfilled all its criteria. Turkish President Erdoğan has so far refused to change his country's anti-terrorism laws, which according to Brussels contravene European constitutional standards. Should Europe maintain its tough stance vis-à-vis Erdoğan?
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has called on the EU to fulfil its promise of visa-free travel for Turks as early as June, stressing that otherwise Turkey couldn't be expected to fulfil its obligations vis-à-vis the EU. Will the EU let itself be blackmailed by Turkey because of the
The 28 EU states have agreed on a joint refugee plan which they are ready to present to Turkey for negotiation. Many commentators still oppose the planned
The EU and Turkey have agreed on an action plan for reducing the number of refugees arriving in the EU. Ankara is to improve its border control measures and in return the country will be declared a safe country of origin. The deal is a farce in view of all the human rights violations committed in Turkey, some commentators argue. Others lament that a common asylum policy is still a distant goal for the EU.
The Dutch government has presented a plan to drastically reduce refugee numbers. It proposes ferrying refugees who arrive in Greece by boat straight back to Turkey. In return EU member states would take in 250,000 refugees residing in Turkey per year. The initiative meets with a mixed response in the press.