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    Turkey Warning of New Refugee Flood Threatens Europe With Nativist Takeover

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    A threat by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send a new influx of war refugees into Europe could unleash a nativist backlash in upcoming elections in France, Germany and Austria, the private intelligence firm Soufan Group said in a report on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The report warned that the consequences of a renewed chaotic flood of refugees could be a "tipping point" for elections in France, Germany and Austria.

    "As witnessed in the US presidential election and the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum, recent elections in the West have defied conventional wisdom and revealed deep dissatisfaction with a host of issues; immigration has been chief among them," the report stated.

    On Friday, Erdogan threated to send refugees across the European border if the European Union followed through on threats to break off talks with Turkey over the nation’s eventual membership in the bloc.

    Up to nine nations in the European Union are expected to hold national elections this year, including in Austria next month, France in the spring and Germany in September. Nationalist parties have made strong gains according to opinion polls in the three countries.

    Meanwhile, more than 2 million refugees from Syria, Iran and Afghanistan and other conflict zones remain stranded in Turkey, according to published reports.

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