The European leaders are such weak and bad negotiators. How on earth did they manage to land a job like that, with such poor grasp of geopolitics, poor skills level, zero grasp of history and blatantly low intellectual level? Is there no experience or skill required at all to land a job in Brussels?
You don’t reward a country that deliberatey aids fraudsters and terrorists to flood your country. You sanction them and block them from any travels into Europe. Instead the EU has promised BILLIONS in pocket money and visa free travels to Turks into Europe. This is exactly what the Middle East and Turkey has been dreaming of to able masses of Muslims to overrun the European region. This is exactly why they want to push “migration” onto Europe. They want Islam to dominate. They feel they are succeeding. Turkey is an ISIS ally. To Turkey only Kurds represent terrorists and they are hellbent on a genocide of the Kurds, repeating their prolific history of attempted genocides of entire peoples.
Turkey-EU migration deal under threat as Brussels admits ‘catalogue of issues’ remains – latest
European leaders will meet to discuss the Turkey-EU proposals put forward last week but some EU officials have watered down some of the plans
A life jacket hangs next to a giant screen during a demonstration outside EU headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.
By Raziye Akkoc, Telegraph
11:45AM GMT 17 Mar 2016
• Brussels and Ankara leaders meet for a two-day summit
• Migration deal on the cards after Ankara demanded more money
• Juncker confident of agreement on deal
• Angela Merkel warns Turkey’s help is needed to solve the crisis
• Cyprus opposes opening new chapters in Turkey-EU accession talks
• The EU’s Turkey deal just advertises its impotence
Tense negotiations over a proposed migration deal will begin between EU leaders on Thursday at a Brussels summit hours after the European Council president admitted that a “catalogue of issues” remained over the plans.
Last week Ankara and Brussels met to discuss how to move forward and tackle the refugee crisis which saw more than 1.2 million migrants arrive in Europe last year in the worst crisis of its kind since the Second World War.
In a deal made between Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish prime minister, and presented to the summit last week, Ankara requested €3 billion (£2.3 billion) more funding until 2018. That would double the €3 billion already offered late last year by Brussels.
Just hours before leaders arrived, Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said he was “cautiously optimistic, but frankly speaking more cautious than optimistic”.
“The agreement must be acceptable to all 28 member states, no matter big or small,” Mr Tusk said at a news conference on Thursday.
The EU also provisionally agreed on a one-for-one plan in which Syrian refugees who arrived in Greece would be sent back to Turkey. In exchange, European countries would take one Syrian refugee.
It is believed that up to 72,000 places would be available as part of the proposals.
Petro Poroshenko (C) is welcomed by Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and EU Council president Donald Tusk (R) in Brussels.
The controversial plans were soon attacked by charities and migrant organisations who said it would go against refugee conventions to deport migrants from Greece back to Turkey.
The UN warned it was not consistent with European or international law.
“The collective expulsion of foreigners is prohibited under the European Convention of Human Rights,” Vincent Cochetel, the UN refugee agency’s Europe regional director, said.
“An agreement that would be tantamount to a blanket return of any foreigners to a third country, is not consistent with European law, is not consistent with international law.”
Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, said he was confident an agreement would be reached with Turkey on Thursday or Friday.
“I’m pretty sure and confident that we will reach an agreement with Turkey today or tomorrow,” Mr Juncker said, in comments translated by Reuters.
“I would like to say that the arrangements we have with Turkey, which are not complete at the moment, will respect European law and the Geneva Convention,” he added.
The EU said it would also speed up the visa liberalisation process to allow 75 million Turks to visit the Schengen area visa-free by June.
Turkey has also asked for five chapters to be opened in its long-delayed EU accession negotiations which has not proved popular with Cyprus who wants access to Turkish ports and Ankara’s recognition. ‘
Turkey has long sought EU membership but talks stalled for years until last winter’s £2.3bn migration deal.
In the last few days, Mr Tusk visited Nicosia and Ankara to discuss the deal and Cyprus’ worries.
According to the Financial Times, a draft of the pact with Turkey said it would “prepare for a decision” to restart negotiations rather than a cast-iron promise to open the chapters.
Mr Tusk admitted that there were many issues that needed to be resolved before a deal could be agreed.
The president will chair the first day of the summit with 28 EU leaders and said in his letter to leaders: “Work is progressing but there is still a lot to do.”
He added: “The catalogue of issues to be resolved before we can conclude an agreement is long.”
Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu will attend a breakfast meeting on Friday, the second day of the summit.
Angela Merkel on Wednesday told the German parliament that Turkey was needed to solve the migrant crisis and stop the flow of migrants but added that Ankara joining the EU was not on the agenda.
Days after a terror attack in Ankara which killed 37, the German foreign minister said it closed its embassy in the Turkish capital, its general consulate in Istanbul and German schools in the two cities after “security services received concrete leads”.
“Yesterday evening, our security authorities received several concrete and very serious leads that terror attacks against our German representations in Turkey were being prepared,” Walter Steinmeier said.