German Chancellor Angela Merkel has advocated giving the Turkish government billions of more euros for Syrian asylum seekers in order to reinforce the European Union (EU) migrant pact, while EU leaders agreed to give Turkey less money to prepare for EU accession.
The German chancellor said Turkey had handled the migrant issue well and the EU-Turkey pact had greatly reduced the number of migrants flowing into Europe. “This is where Turkey is doing great things,” Ms. Merkel said at the EU summit in Brussels earlier this week, Die Welt reports.
Turkey is set to receive three billion euros in the near future with another three billion being planned for a later date. Other EU leaders agreed with the proposition as none wanted to create a possibility of breaking the EU-Turkey migrant pact.
The migrant pact has not been without problems over the last year and a half as the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly made threats to end the agreement and send migrants to Greece. The first issue with the pact was over visa-free access to the EU for Turkish citizens which has still yet to happen.
Following the attempted coup in the summer of 2016, Turkey has made increased demands of the EU and had threatened at one point to send 3,000 migrants a day to Greece…