“Turkey must fulfill all remaining conditions”, Juncker told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
Germany, Sweden, Italy and France approved most applications.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had earlier bluntly told the European Union that Ankara would no longer abide by the March migrant accord if Brussels fails to implement the pledge to grant Turks visa-free travel by June. Only €187m of the EU’s €3bn humanitarian aid cheque has been distributed.
“Turkey is too big, too poor and too different from us”, Carver added, ending, “I certainly don’t wish to be in a political union with a country with such a despicable human rights record, which massacres the Kurds and helps out Islamic State in an underhand way too”.
Migration Commission Dimitris Avramopoulos, speaking to reporters, declined to say how many benchmarks Turkey now met but stressed that Ankara’s compliance was improving by the day. He took three families of Syrian refugees back home.
“The recent agreement between the European Union and Turkey is a step toward a more equitable way of sharing this responsibility”, he said.
Turkey has denied forcing refugees back into Syria.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani during a joint news conference in Ankara, Turkey, on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
“The message is starting to get through that turning to smugglers is the wrong choice to make”, said commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.
“This has nothing to do with refugees, so it’s basically bargaining”.
In her acceptance speech, the German leader said the migration crisis “touches our European values in a special way”. “It’s a unusual way of doing diplomatic business”. Erdogan confirmed the threat, saying “We do not have the word “idiot” written on our foreheads. Don’t think that the planes and the buses are there for nothing”. Last month saw a high-profile government crackdown on the media, with police storming the offices of an opposition newspaper with tear gas and water canons.
Merkel will also hold talks in Hanover on Monday with US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande, as well as the British and Italian prime ministers, David Cameron and Matteo Renzi.
Ankara also gave Berlin a headache this month by logging a legal complaint against a German comedian who recited a sexually crude satirical poem about Erdogan on television.
Rutte lauded Merkel as she was presented with the International Four Freedoms Award at a ceremony in the southern Dutch city of Middelburg. Critics have accused Merkel of kowtowing to Turkey because of the country’s important role in stopping the influx of migrants to Europe. “You patrol the seas better, then land routes are exploited”, said Nigar Göksel, a Turkey analyst at International Crisis Group.
He said the deal had already led the number of migrant crossings to nosedive.
The Red Cross says it attended those who made it into Ceuta and that six were taken to hospital to treat cuts and bruises. Those outside the camps often struggle to find housing, jobs or health care. Now only 330,000 are in school.
“Europe must set clear limits to its concessions…”
“People in Turkey are not silly; they see it is not a genuine commitment to Turkey and born out of necessity”.