A major deal between the EU and Turkey on refugee exchanges and visa liberalization is in imminent danger of coming apart at the seams.
The idea of shutting out migrants by reinforcing the EU’s external border may be alluring, but it would create more tensions and greater nationalist anger.
The current priorities in EU asylum policy are all about implementing the March 2016 refugee deal with Turkey in good faith.
The proxy war in Syria, the escalation of the Kurdish question, and the Islamic State’s terrorist activities are making Turkey more vulnerable to internal and external pressures.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Ankara aims to exact additional commitments from Europe in the refugee deal. Above all, the Turkish government wants visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens.
Bureaucratic inflexibility is a bigger obstacle to the integration of asylum seekers than are the attitudes of local citizens. It is time Europe’s politicians took notice.
Germany’s decision to undercut its European partners on a refugee deal with Turkey has proved fatal for any hope of a consistent EU policy on the issue.
With the German chancellor almost completely isolated in Europe, voters in three German regional elections on March 13 will give their verdict on Merkel’s refugee policy.
Brussels and Ankara need to reset their relationship by focusing not only on a recent agreement to deal with refugees but also on broader bases for cooperation.