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    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel chat during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey

    Keep It Coming: Turkey Wants More EU Money to Tackle Refugee Crisis

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    The EU promised Turkey three billion euros for its assistance in resolving the current refugee crisis. While EU member states are still arguing about the funding, the Turkish government made it clear that the proposed amount of money is insufficient, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten reported.

    From the perspective of the Turkish government, the EU needs to spend more money to tackle the current migration crisis.

    The three billion euros promised by the European Union is not enough to resolve the situation.

    "We are not begging for money from the EU. But if there is a serious commitment to share this burden, we have to sit down and talk about all details of the crisis," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed in an interview with the German Press Agency.

    Turkey is a major transit country for refugees fleeing from Syria to the EU. Unable to tackle the current refugee crisis alone, the EU has promised Turkey money in exchange for keeping refugees within its borders.

    According to DWN, Ankara is taking advantage of Germany's vulnerability and trying to use the situation for its own interests.

    "Nobody can expect Turkey to carry the entire burden alone," Davutoglu said, adding that his country had already spent almost nine billion euros for refugees.

    In exchange for its assistance, Turkey awaits certain benefits from the EU, the most desired of which — is future membership in the Union. Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the country has still a long way ahead to become an EU member, but Ankara seems not to notice Merkel's restrained position.

    "Over the last three months, there has been very positive momentum in EU-Turkey relations," Davutoglu said. "And I'm sure, at the end of all this improvement Turkey will one day become a member of the European Union, the politician stressed."


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    • Don't fuel the war then..instead of being seen as philantropists.
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      Simply put, Turkey is using extortion to get what it wants.
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      Erdogan or Poroshenko - the EU is spoilt for choice, but who pays for the money handed out?
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      Yes, they received money through Turkey so when it is time run, they have to run through Turkey.
    • Huh?in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,
      OMG....I just said this a day or two ago on here...about giving Turkey 6 million Euro to do whatever it is they do...and here we are. Turkey beggin' at the trough...need just a little more. It's like dealing with a junkie..."Just one more time man...then I am done for good"
    • Huh?in reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)

      Who pays...?? If you're a politician...who cares? It is ALWAYS the taxpayers...never the politicos.
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      How about Turkish troops stay out of Northern Iraq and stop the slaughter of innocent Kurds....then Nations around the world will start trading again with Turkey. How would the Turkish people feel if American military entered Turkey and started rapeing Turkish women and children and then massacering villages. Then Nations around the world start trading goods with the United States...would the people of Turkey like that? Give your heads a _ucking shake. Have the Turkish Government got shite for brains?
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      michaelin reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
      Huh?, an apt image, the junkie! Thanks! :)
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      Turkey wants to get enough cash to facilitate a military operation in Syria with the intention of setting up a region where the refugees would be forced to return to and then use this as an excuse to stay in that part of Syria indefinitely. But they need EU money to finance it. This way they will create;

      1. a region that will be inserted between the two Kurdish regions in Syria
      2) they will effectively annex a part of the Syrian territory
      3) will have a control of the corridor between Iraq, IS and Turkey
      4) have a legitimate reason to stay there "looking after" the refugees

      If EU accepts this they will rid off refugees and possibly save EU. So, Turkey knows that EU is about to collapse and are offering a helping hand - but not for free!
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      Huh?, Totally agree and if only it was in "million" it's in "billion".. what a waste of (dirty?) money.. :/
    • Huh?in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,
      As the Beatles said, "Money can't buy me love"...but everything else...fair game.
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