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German "Die Welt" adopts Eurofora view on UnPopular+Useless Turkey Migrants Deal after Ankara Threat

Written by ACM
lunedì, 01 agosto 2016
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- One among the most Important, mainstream German Medias, "Die Welt" ("The World"), a Leading Member of the EU Media Alliance "ALENA", has apparently just adopted, in substance, a main Analysis initialy made by "Eurofora" on a notoriously Controversial and UnPopular EU - Turkey Deal about the recent Mass "Tsunami" of Massive Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants influx through Turkey into EU (+Shengen) Member Greece, heading towards Berlin and other core EU Countries from the Last Sommer of 2015 until about Spring 2016 :

- I.e., particularly the Fact that this Deal, (notoriously obtained under "Blackmail" Pressure brokered Deal, a shady Sunday at a Brussels under an Urgent total Transport "Black Out", imposed then by Islamic Extremist Terrorist Attacks), had proven to be, in real Practice, also, almost entirely "Useless", in fact, given mainly the Borders' Checks seriously Protecting the so-called "Western Balkans' Route" to more Mass Irregular Migration, which had already been established by 5 or 6 European (EU and Non-EU) Countries BEFORE that Controversial EU  Turkey Deal had eben Started to progressively enter into force, (until now rather partialy, and not yet in full).


"Eurofora"s initial Findings were based mainly on a Pioneer then , and Contrary to the Previously Established Dominant Views,  quite "Dissident" Factual Analysis, using particular Official Data provided by UNHCR, the IMO, National Athorities, Government Officials' public Statements, verified Press Reports, etc., and was Published as Early as, already since 4 Months Before this August 2016, i.e. at the Beginning of May. See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unpopulareuvisafreefor80millionsturksuseless.html .

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After a Lot of Time had Passed since then, at First, some Short Mentions to our views had Started to Emerge, quite Hesitating and in an Unclear mannzer, in the Middle of a few Other Press Articles published much Later-on by certain Collegues in a Few Media at Various EU Countries, until, suddenly, at the Latest EU Summit of Heads of State/Government in Brussels, at the End of June 2016, appeared a Short but Interesting Mention, at EU Council's Website, governed by EU President Donald Tusk's (former Polish Prime Minister) team, at least of the Fact that the Recently Witnessed Sharp Fall of that "Tsunami" (Comp. Supra) had, at least, Already Started Before this EU - Turkey shaky Deal, and was Due also to Other, Previous and Parallel Factors, depending on European Countries' Decisions and Acts, and Not on Turkey, (such as, f.ex., a Decision to "Fully" apply certain "Shengen" Area Rules, etc, as that Short Text simply argued, including, however, also the closing of Borders, subsequently).

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But, Unfortunately, (due also to "BREXIT" and a usual "Terrorist Attack" in Turkey almost often at the eve of an Important relevant EU Decision-Making Event), such Interesting Starting Points were Not Discussed among EU Leaders, (as even EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, briefly Confirmed to "Eurofora", while saluting us at he End of his Press Conference, the Next Day in the "Justus Lipsius" Building's main Press Working Area), Contrary to their Initial Schedule, because they had been practicaly Obliged to Alter, at the Last Minute, that Summit's Draft Agenda, in a way which hadn't left, in fact, any other choice, than to Simply Endorse, Exceptionaly withOut any Debate, the Draft Conclusions already Prepared by Technocrats Specialists beforehand, which, inevitably, gave an Impression of "Business as Usual" on this, in fact, very "Hot" Issue...


But, Today, "Eurofora"s  above mentioned, Pioneer Factual Analysis, pertinent Data Gathering, overall Graphics, and main Conclusions, naturally can Help Support, even Further, at least the Main Points Now made by mainstream German Media "Die Welt", in Response to the Latest Turkish Threat that Ankara would entirely Stop that Controversial EU-Turkey Deal, if Europe didn't Yield to an Ultimatum to Give an UnPopular (both among EU Citizens and EU Parliament's MEPs, as several Polls and Debates have clearly revealed) "Visa-Free" status to 80 Millions of Turks, that would Allow them to Enter and Stay Into the EU, whenever they like and without previous Controls, during about 6 Months Each Year, Starting some Day from the Beginning of October 2016, according to a Demand initialy made "mezzo voce" by Turkish President Erdogan, and now Stressed by Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglou, reportedly at an INTW at the Austrian Newpaper "Kurrier", etc.


Indeed, what "Die Welt'"s main, Front-Page Top Article, Replies, Today, to that "New Provocation" from Ankara, as it calls it, (Participating to the quasi-General Reaction adopted also by several Other mainstream EU Media, meanwhile), under the explicit Heading : - "Turkey has to Loose More than the EU" (in case of Clash), is the Following, (according to a Fast Translation from the Original Text in German, over to English) :


 - EU had adopted that Controversial (and Costly : some 8 Billions € in Full Grants to Turkey, during 2016-2018) Deal, mainly "Because it had Internal Problems whith that Refugee Crisis, and was (then) Unable to Effectively Protect its (EU) External Borders", so that this "Blackmail" - as a Top Polish Newspaper had immediately Called  it, and EPP ChristianDemocrat Party President, former Longt-Time Strasbourg Top MEP, Joseph Daul had Acknowledged, in a March 2016 Meeting in Strasbourg : See also relevant, then, Daul's Statements to "Eurofora", at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppheaddauloneuexternalborders.html -  "Agreement with Ankara, Seemed to be a Pragmatic Way out".


- But, "Meanwhile, the Europeans had to Learn that the Deal itself is a Problem with "Explosive" Force. Because Ankara is using the Instrument to Threaten and Blackmail". That's Why "the Climate between Turkey and the EU is Poisoned for a Long Time" nowadays, "Die Welt" resumes.


+ "The Threat of Turkish foreign Minister Cavusoglu to terminate the agreements, If the required Visa-Free status for Turks is not introduced until October, represents a New Provocation", the Top German Media points out in Reply.


- "Because, according to the agreed terms and conditions that apply for such liberalisation, it depends upon Ankara", (i.e. if Turkey Fils the Gap of certein Human Rights/Democratic Reforms). But, "in view of the steady Dismantling of fundamental Democratic rights in the Last few Weeks, Visa facilitation has become Distant", "Welt" inevitably observes.


- Already, "Erdogan, even before the failed coup attempt two weeks ago, was Not willing to loosen the Anti-Terror Laws in his country, as demanded by the EU", (NDLR : in order to Protect Freedom of Expression, and mainly, Press Freedom), "so the Chances that he might do that Now, are at Zero". However, "Brussels canNot give in at this point", the mainstream German Media stresses. Therefore, "that Ultimatum makes it once more clear that, at present, in Turkey, Other values are considered, than those which are applied in Europe".

=> Under the Heading : "The Closure of the Balkan Route is Crucial", (as "Eurofora had already Warned and Proved, already 4 Months Earlier : Comp. Supra), "Die Welt" goes on to attest, Today, that :


- "However, Brussels (EU) and Berlin can (now) Respond .. to the New Threats". Because "the Flow of Refugees is, Today, much Smaller, than it was even a few Months Ago". "But, this Development, is Not Due to the Turkey Deal", "Welt" agrees, at last, with "Eurofora".


- Simply Because, in Fact, it's "rather the Closing of the Balkan Routes, through Countries such as FYROMacedonia, Hungary, and Austria, (as well as Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, etc), which Keeps Refugees from entering into the EU through Turkey. Since it is No Longer Possible (for most of them) to Travel to Germany, and other Sought-after (EU) Targets", it Explains.


- So that, in addition, it's also "Greece" which, normaly, should "have much Less Refugees" still coming irregularly from Turkey", as, indeed, it's until recently tthe case, "Because, in that (Financial) Crisis-stricken (EU + €urozone Member) Country, Asylum Seekers might Not be Better than in Turkey", from the current Economic point of view, "Welt", perhaps a bit exagerating, argues in substance.


+ Also Because, Meanwhile, "EU Pays, as Agreed, a Lot of Money, in order to Support Turkey in the Care-taking of Refugees", (about 8 Billions € earmarked for that purpose, in Full Grants, between 2016-2018).


=> Therefore, "Ankara has, thus, Much to Loose", in case of an EU - Turkey clash. So that, "Despite all those Threats" by Turkish Officials, in Fact, Turkish President "Erdogan will Not Risk a Clash with Europe, "if that (Controversial and UnPopular) Visa-Free" status for 80 Millions of Turks, "Never happens", the mainstream German Top Media logically concludes.

 

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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

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