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    Refugees wait for a special train at the train station in Freilassing, near the Austrian-German border, southern Germany

    Hot Air or Deadly Serious: Will Turkey Really Cancel the EU Refugee Deal?

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    Amid the ongoing spat between Turkey and the EU over the ban on rallies for Turkish politicians and Turkey's subsequent threat to reassess its migration agreement with the EU, Russian political analysts commented on the seriousness of the threat and the potential damage it could do to Europe.

    Turkey-EU tensions are running high after several European countries prevented Turkish politicians, including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, from holding rallies intended to drum up support for Turkey's constitutional referendum on switching to a presidential system of governance.

    In response to the ban, high-ranking Turkish politicians, including the Foreign Minister and Minister of EU Affairs Omer Celik threatened to cancel the refugee deal with the European Union.

    Russian political analysts have commented on the threat, explaining what consequences it might have for the European bloc and whether it is actually aimed at Europe at all.

    'It would be a catastrophe for Merkel'

    Senior Researcher at the Europe Institute in the Russian Academy of Sciences, Igor Maximychev, noted that since the deal was signed, the inflow of refugees into Europe has considerably fallen, however it hasn't fully stopped. The cancelation of the deal, he told RT channel, would have very serious consequences for the EU.

    Refugees wait in a crowded migrant registration center in Passau, southern Germany, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
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    Refugees wait in a crowded migrant registration center in Passau, southern Germany, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

    The migrants will initially pour into Greece and then, just like in 2015, they will head to Germany.

    "So the 2 million refugees already living in Europe will be joined by nearly the same amount of newcomers. The refugee crisis will turn once more into a nightmare for the Old Continent," he told the channel.

    Meanwhile, he added, Europe has not found a solution to tackle this phenomenon. In addition, the eastern European countries do not follow the EU norms for accepting refugees. This means, the expert said, that the newcomers will arrive mostly in Old Europe, which would be a catastrophe for Merkel.

    The cancelation of the agreement might also drastically affect the upcoming elections in Germany and France, he added. The refugee crisis has already triggered right-wing sentiments in Europe, and the second inflow of migrants could usher right-wing politicians to power, he suggested.

    Germany, he said, will be the first to find itself at risk. France, Maximychev said, is not that affected by the refugee crisis as the basic inflow of refugees mainly comes from its former colonies. However Germany will come under more pressure.

    Refugees wait to be registered in a service tent at the train station in the Bavarian city of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.
    © AP Photo/ Angelika Warmuth
    Refugees wait to be registered in a service tent at the train station in the Bavarian city of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.

    It will have a serious impact on Chancellor Merkel prior to the country's upcoming parliamentary elections. Many people in Germany, he said, are displeased with the fact that the standard of living and living conditions for refugees are better than those for the poor local population, And Merkel, he suggested, will try to do her best to prevent the new inflow before September.

    External or Internal Factor?

    Meanwhile orientalist and turkologist Evgeny Bakhrevsky suggested that Turkey's threats are primarily targeted towards the domestic audience.

    "It is only rhetoric, aimed at internal processes ahead of the upcoming constitutional referendum. The ongoing spat with the European politicians only proves that Turkey is pursuing its own politics and appears to stand up to European countries," he told RT.  

    Meanwhile Yuri Mavashev, the head of the political department at the Center for Modern Turkish Studies, has suggested that there is an "oversea motive" in the rhetoric of Turkish officials.  He noted that US Secretary of State is set to visit Turkey at the end of March. And the threat voiced to Europe might be an attempt to attract attention of the new US administration.

    It might be a signal that Turkey is not that eager to get into the EU and is not in "the EU' pocket," he added.

    "Thus Turkey is trying to demonstrate to the US that it wants to play a larger role in the region," the expert concluded.

    However he doubted that Turkey will actually cancel the deal with the EU.

    "The Turks need a leverage to pressure Brussels, especially in conditions of the deteriorated conflict with the EU. If they cancel the deal unilaterally, they will face the refugee crisis on their own territory, which they will be forced to deal with on their own. The EU, for now, has been helping Turkey financially, which it might stop doing," he finally stated.

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    • Zoanthropy
      It has been EU politicians & policies which have destroyed Europe.
      Merkel is playing with fire & she's going to get badly burnt.
      Europe needs to expel Merkel.
    • Zoanthropy
      Human Refugees used as "BIO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION".
    • Alan Reid
      I have been looking at a lot of photos of this refugee flow and one thing i note is that there are a very high percentage of military age men in almost all the shots i have seen. Almost no women. and even less old persons, Not one child. Looks like an army undercover to me.
    • Mikhas
      You dont threaten with jihad and flooding EU with rapefugees for nothing.
      €USSR is in the process of dissolution by implosion, Turkey can fasten it up and they know it.
    • Blackie
      Islam will dominate Europe, the silly police can not stop them.
      Continue to provoke them at Airports,and that will make them attack outside the Airport.
      TheIRA plannned that out in 1970.
      If they keep the Nazi cruelty up, then they will not just shout....Alla hu akbar,it will be mass murder.
    • avatar
      hot air, whenever erdogan is involved. A kicking, screaming, infantile moron - and that's on one of his few good days.
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      Marques rouges
      This is BS ! If the EU were serious about controlling the migrants flux, they would not send ships to go fetch them on Libya's coasts !
      Same about Turkey-Greece crossing, they would dispatch border patrols and troops if needed, to block anyone without proper ID and visa to enter European borders !
    • avatar
      Turkey will not cancel the deal. If he cancels it, he will be out of the limelight, that which keeps him amid controversy and prominence. Has European politicians ever tested the waters in South America, the West Indies, The East Indies, Asia or elsewhere to see if they will accept refugees willing to locate in their regions and be paid as high a price as is paid to Turkey. I guess a lot of countries will accept them with the amount paid to Turkey paid up front and with continual payments for a period of time until settlement.
      A bonus could be paid to the refugee if he opts to go to any one of these countries.
      These monies should really be paid to the refugees by the attempted conquerors and terrorist financiers of the very land from which these refugees came...and you know who should pay the most.
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