EUROPE is preparing for another migrant crisis over fears Turkey’s newly empowered President Erdogan will turn his back on the nation’s long-awaited EU membership.
In such an event, Europe will be stuck with 3 million more migrants, which is highly likely, as the agreement Erdogan made to take them in “during the height of the migrant crisis” is looking increasingly like a dead letter. Back in November, Erdogan threatened to “open the gates for migrants to enter Europe” if the EU “blocked membership talks.”
Erdogan’s aspirations to rule the Islamic world have taken Turkey down an anti-democratic, anti-secularist path toward rapid Islamization. Erdogan has even been appealing to the next generation by launching “a Sunni-Islamist revival in Turkish schools,” even though he has declared that he is above such sectarian concerns, stating: “My religion is not that of the Sunnis, of Shiites. My religion is Islam.”
Many Turks already fear growing authoritarianism in their country, where tens of thousands of people have been arrested, and at least 100,000 sacked or suspended from their jobs, since a coup attempt last July.
Now with Europe in its miserable state, Erdogan presents a heightened threat as a regional despot with his newly expanded powers and overt attempts to manipulate the EU. He also recently declared that “Europe is collapsing…Europe will pay for what they have done,” because in his view, Europe has “humiliated and oppressed” the Turks. Never mind that Europe is in chaos because of its wide open immigration policy regarding Muslim migrants.
Erdogan has also accused the EU of provoking a clash between the “cross and the crescent” for implementing a workplace headscarf ban.
Europe has invited in its own troubles…