Erdogan's Gamble Backfires As EU Gives Iron-Willed Greeks $780M to Secure Their BorderChris Menahan
Mar. 05, 2020
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thought that by sending tens of thousands of "crying refugees" to invade Greece it would cause Europeans to cave and throw open their borders as happened in 2015 -- instead he ran into the army of Sparta.
Rather than submit to this latest mass invasion, Greeks rose up against their own government and fought off their own police to stop new refugee centers from being built on their once pristine islands.
The Greek government quickly caved and threw their support behind their own people demanding an end to the invasion.
Seeing Erdogan's transparent ploy for what it was, the EU for once decided to do the right thing and stand with Greece against weaponized migration.
From Bloomberg, "EU Gives $780 Million to Help Greece Stop Migrants at Border":
European Union officials visited Greece to see for themselves the migrant tensions building on its frontier with Turkey and pledged millions of euros in aid while calling for order after sporadic violence over the weekend.Erdogan took these refugees in thinking they would provide him a solid voting block (much as Democrats do in the US) but instead they voted against him and destabilized Turkey the same way they've destabilized Europe.
Now, he's desperate to kick them all out.
The sight of desperate people gathered at the frontier sent a shudder through the EU leadership, stirring memories of the migration crisis of 2015 that fueled support for right-wing populists across the continent.Most weren't Syrians then, either.
All have found Greek officials barring their path onward into the EU. About 26,500 people have been stopped from entering, according to the Greek authorities. Some are now stuck in the no man’s land between the two borders. Others returned to the Turkish cities they came from once they realized the Greek side was sealed. About 200 people have been arrested by the Greek police.Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia have also pledged to help Greece deal with the border crisis:
This is a complete disaster for Erdogan.
The EU correctly recognizes this is an attack on all of Europe.
The jig is up!
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