The European Union grows dwarfs on the external borders. The chapter between Poland and Belarus is now joined by another after Turkey accused Greece of carrying out “provocative” actions in the region. “As we act in this way, Greece meddles in actions and rhetoric that only provoke an increase in tension,” said Hulusi Akar, the Ottoman defense minister on Tuesday.
money Ankara, their positions are “logical and calm” while Athens, they say, “acts immorally.” In talks with the Army, Hulusi wanted to make it clear that Greece’s role cannot be equated with Turkey’s and denied any accusations that the Kyriakos Mitsotakis government may make. “We are only defending our rights; We are not being aggressive, “said the minister while insisting that they are not” acting the same as Greece. “
The center of the conflict, again, is immigration policy. In the words of the Executive of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Athens is committing “a serious crime against humanity” by acting immorally and return migrants to Turkish waters. These clashes are common because beyond the tensions that Turkey maintains with Greece -as well as with Cyprus-, the migration agreement signed in 2016 and which is pending renewal puts the parties more on alert.
As the CIDOB explains in one of its reports, on paper, Turkey undertook to readmit all persons arriving irregularly on the Greek shores. In return, member states agreed to resettle one Syrian citizen for every Syrian returned to Turkey.. In addition, the EU promised to accelerate the visa liberalization process for Turkish citizens and increase financial aid for hosting refugees in Turkey (first with 3 billion euros and months later with 3,000 more). The message was clear: those who tried to reach Greece would be quickly returned, while those who waited patiently in Turkey would have the chance to enter their place.
In practice, what Turkey really committed to was to control European borders from outside. And there is more: what drastically reduced arrivals in Greece was not only the externalization of migration control to the neighboring country but the internalization of spaces of exception within the European borders themselves.
With the closure of the Balkan route and the entry into force of the agreement with Turkey, Greece became a final destination. Those who arrived after that March 20, 2016 were trapped on the islands. According to the European Commission, the geographical restriction was necessary in order to comply with the agreement, that is, to ensure the immediate return to Turkey or to the countries of origin of those who had arrived irregularly. “This is how the Greek islands became open-air detention camps ”, they add from CIDOB. That is why every time there is a certain friction in this matter, tensions rise.
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