Two million Syrian refugees are being treated as bargaining chips, with the result being European complicity in rigging Turkey’s 1 November elections, writes British MEP Richard Howitt.
Visiting Istanbul on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Turkey financial assistance and accelerated visa-free travel provided the country cooperates more closely with the EU on the refugee crisis. Pressure at home and a lack of solidarity in the EU have left Merkel with no other alternative, commentators write. Others believe the Turkish head of state will use the situation to his advantage.
Germany prepared to accelerate Turkey’s EU membership process in exchange for help as Slovenia cuts refugee intake, creating bottlenecks along route
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