After the recent EU-Turkey summit there has been no major breakthrough in tackling the refugee crisis, European media reported. Deutsche Welle cited several European media sources to show their reaction on the current state of affairs.
In particular, DW stressed that with regard to the settlement of the current migration crisis the EU has become very dependent on Turkey. According to the media source, the Turkish side makes one demand after another and the EU has no other choice than to satisfy all of them ignoring its own interests.
The conservative Austrian newspaper Die Presse wrote that it “was Angela Merkel’s mistake to rely solely on Turkey. President Erdogan now believes that he is allowed (almost) everything. The Europeans are quiet and are afraid to utter a word.”
At the same time, Czech newspaper Hospodářské Noviny doubts that the EU and Turkey will be able to achieve positive results over the course of their negotiations. “Even if the parties agree that Turkey would commit to taking care of the maximum possible number of refugees and fighting against illegal migration, we still need to see what just remains on paper and what will actually be implemented.”
For its turn, Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza argues that Turkey could do a lot to save Europe from the consequences of the current migration issue and a Schengen area collapse. “But would not the price be too high? Wouldn’t the agreement with Erdogan mean the betrayal of ourselves?”
The conservative Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzetcan believes that the migration policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel will soon face a “slow turn,” while French newspaper Le Figaro describes Merkel’s attempts to resolve the current situation with sarcasm and irony. “The German influence is particularly felt at a time when it is moving in the wrong direction, and its partners — especially France — are too weak to bring it to its senses.”
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