NEW YORK — Süleyman Soylu, Interior Minister of Turkey, says their country should start sending tens of thousands of refugees a month to European Union countries to “shock” them, as a reaction to the recent diplomatic meltdown between Turkey and Germany.
“There is a readmission deal. I’m asking you Europe, do you have the courage to follow through?”, Soylu declared at a televised press conference, referring to the agreement between the European Union and Turkey to return migrants to Turkey who illegally crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece.
Greek officials are required by law to immediately return refugees, as part of the bilateral deal, seeking to enter Western European countries via Greece and send them directly back to Turkey.
Soylu announced Germany and the Netherlands are trying to achieve what they couldn’t accomplish during the Gezi Park protests in December 2013. The Turkish July 2016 coup, generally believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), failed – and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan succeded in remaining in absolute control of the country.
“Who is trying to get things done, Germany or Turkey?” Soylu said, referring to the referendum that will determine if the current parliamentary system should be substituted by an executive presidency with enormously enhanced powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“What do you care? This is our internal problem. Why are you getting involved? Did you welcome Turkey into the European Union? Did you provide assistance to Turkey in our fight against terrorism?” he continued.
“Dirty games are being played against Turkey to prevent us from once again becoming a dominant nation,” Soylu furthermore stated.
He alleged that Turkey is the victim of an international conspiracy, aided by an unholy alliance of FETÖ, ISIS, and PKK (the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and that the goal is to extinguish love and brotherhood.
He additionally said the Turkish Republic was in its strongest period ever and that “some people just can’t handle it,” adding that over the past decades per capita income has risen significantly.
Soylu maintained, throughout his speech, the constitutional amendments would enact a new system that “doesn’t produce words, but actions.”