Erdogan threatens EU: Pay up, or take the migrants

Turkish President Erdogan threatened to open his border with Europe to migrants, if the EU doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.

Rachel Kaplan,

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to open his border with Europe to migrants, if the EU doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.

In a deal struck in March, the EU promised to deliver 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) to Turkey, in exchange for Ankara controlling the influx of Syrian refugees through its porous border.

Last night, in an interview with German radio ARD, an angry Erdogan asserted that the EU has only paid up 2 million euros ($2.2 million) out of the package deal.

“Ask them [the EU]. Did you pay? But Turkey still hosts 3 million people. What would Europe do if we let these people go to Europe?” he asked, according to EU Observer.

“The [European] governments are not honest,” he added.




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