On Thursday, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu issued a frightening warning to Europe, threatening to “blow the mind” of the continent by shipping 15,000 refugees a month to EU territory.
In March 2016, Belgium and Turkey signed a deal to reduce the number of refugees from Turkey entering Europe.
But recently the Netherlands and Germany decided to ban Turkish ministers from campaigning to expand Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Soylu accused The Hague and Berlin of involvement in the June 2013 anti-Erdogan protests, October 2014 pro-Kurdish riots and the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. The Anadolu news agency quoted Soylu blustering on Thursday, “If you want, we could open the way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind” of Europe. Asserting that Europe doesn’t want Turkey as part of its alliance, he snapped, “Europe, do you have that kind of courage…? Let us remind you that you cannot play games in this region and ignore Turkey.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has admitted Turkey is no longer readmitting migrants who crossed into Greece.
Last November, after the European Parliament voted to suspend EU membership negotiations with Ankara, Erdogan threatened that he might open the frontiers of Turkey, which is adjacent to Greece and Bulgaria, saying, “If you go any further, these border gates will be opened. Neither me nor my people will be affected by these empty threats.”
“Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
On Friday, Erdogan ranted of his desire to see Europe overwhelmed by Turks, telling Turks in Europe, “Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you.”