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    Possible termination of the migrant agreement between Ankara and Brussels amid Germany’s Armenian genocide recognition will leave the European Union paralyzed by the refugee problem, a member of the European Parliament Anders Vistisen told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people leaving conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty and seeking asylum in Europe.

    "The EU-Commission will propose more of the same; resettlement and hot spots in Grecce and Italy. The eastern countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will refuse to be a part of a joint agreement. EU will again be paralyzed and we will not see any long term solutions," Vistisen said.

    German Recognition of Armenian Genocide May Cause EU-Turkey Deal Breakdown  

    The Armenian Genocide is a very painful issue for Turkey and its recent recognition by the German parliament could lead to the termination of the EU-Turkey migration deal, member of the European Parliament Anders Vistisen told Sputnik.

    On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey would take action against the German parliament's resolution on recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

    “The whole Armenian issue is delicate for Turkey, so it could lead to a breakdown of the agreement with the EU,” Vistisen, who is a member of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint EU Parliamentary Committee, said.

    On June 2, the German parliament passed a near-unanimous resolution recognizing the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I as genocide. The move was met with widespread condemnation by Turkish officials.

    In March, Brussels and Ankara agreed on a deal, under which Turkey vowed to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the bloc pledged to accelerate the Turkish EU accession bid and introduce a visa-free regime between Turkey and the Schengen Area.

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