Editorials

Had at the Souq

Brussels has been cackling like a hen that has just laid an Easter egg, but the cackling will stop when the egg cracks and a turkey buzzard sticks its red rubbery head through.

In accordance with the agreement that was reached between the European Union and the Turkish government last winter, Greece and the E.U. have begun returning migrants from Greece to Turkey, where the Syrians and Iraqis among them will be allowed to apply for asylum in Europe, while most of the others—Afghans, Pakistanis, and Africans—who are not found to be legitimate refugees will be repatriated.  In return, Brussels has agreed to accept one Syrian refugee from Turkey for each migrant returned there, to pay Ankara €6 billion, allow Turks to visit Europe without visas, and expedite Turkey’s lagging application to join the European Union.  On April 4, the first 202 migrants, largely Pakistanis and Afghans, were deported from Greece under this arrangement.  Also that day, another 59 Syrian migrants landed on the shores of Greece with the aid of the Greek coast guard.

In this transaction, the European Union was taken by President Erdogan like a Western Sunday-school class gone shopping in the Arab souq.  The folly of having admitted Turkey to NATO in 1952 has become obvious in the past year, owing in part to Erdogan’s risky security game with Moscow, and the danger of Turkish membership in the union becomes...

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