The European Union’s planned refugee deal with Turkey is hanging by a thread as leaders meeting in Brussels struggled to agree on how it would work.One that's actually rather dreadful, I would think, seeing how many Muslims they already have living there. Those EU leaders who're against sending back the invaders should be ashamed of themselves and prove why the EU is only devastating the continent.
The draft scheme aims to reduce the flow of refugees from war zones such as Syria by sending back to Turkey anyone landing illegally in Greece. But it has come under fire from EU leaders and aid agencies for being potentially illegal and impractical. “I am cautiously optimistic, but frankly more cautious than optimistic,” Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said before the two-day summit began.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, who helped strike last week’s Turkish deal, admitted there were “many things to resolve”, but expressed “cautious optimism”.
The 28 EU leaders are hoping to settle their negotiating stance before meeting Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, over breakfast this morning. Ms Merkel says Turkey holds the key to resolving the crisis as it can seal the main route used by the 1.4 million asylum seekers who have landed in the bloc since January last year.
David Cameron said he welcomed the plans to send migrants back to Turkey, as it would foil people smugglers. He added that because Britain is not in Europe’s passport-free Schengen area, it will not offer visa-free travel to Turks. “We maintain our own immigration policy,” he said.
All that aside, does anybody really think Turkey wants to take back the interlopers? You can be sure they don't, and neither Merkel nor anybody else should be optimistic they will. These are the Islam-derived plans Turkey, among other Muslim countries, had in the first place, and they won't give up on them.