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dilluns, 7 de març de 2016

Cumbre UE-Turquía: quid pro quo

Erdogán cierra el paso a los migrantes y la UE elude las violaciones de derechos humanos en Turquía
ANKARA, Turkey — With an increasingly authoritarian president cracking down on critics at home and pursuing Kurdish militants in southern Turkey and across the borders in Syria and Iraq, Turkey is a risky partner for Europe in its quest to stop illegal migration.

Just hours after European Council President Donald Tusk was closing in on a deal with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on cooperation Friday, Turkish riot police stormed the offices of Zaman, the country’s biggest opposition newspaper, and installed trustees who’ll soon shut it down.

The EU gave Ankara a slap on the wrist on Saturday, and EU leaders have otherwise been conspicuously silent as Erdoğan has lashed out at independent media.

Europe sees Turkey as its savior in the refugee crisis. It needs Erdoğan to stop migrants from taking off from Turkey’s shores in flimsy dinghies to reach Greece.

The unspoken quid pro quo: Ankara takes back migrants, Europe goes easy on Turkey’s human rights violations Erdoğan needs Europe, too. By lending it a helping hand in time of need, Turkey hopes to win a friend in the West, now that its other NATO ally, the U.S., appears to be walking away from Turkish security concerns about the war in Syria.

“Turkey has no more friends, and the EU has no more hope,” says Murat Erdoğan (no relationship to the president), an assistant professor at the Hacettepe University in the Turkish capital, who directs the Migration and Politics Research Center. “Because of that we may get more cooperation,” Erdoğan said.
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