26. November 2015
Originally Appeared at German Economic News. Translated by Susan Neumann
Sahra Wagenknecht is calling for an immediate stop to all talks with Turkey over the refugees. As the downing of the Russian fighter jet shows, Turkey is endangering world peace. Despite this, EU is still preparing to pay at least three billion euros to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [to stem the migration to Europe.]
The opposition in Germany has reacted with concern and criticism at Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter plane. With this incident, Turkey poses a danger to world peace, said Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht on Tuesday in Berlin. The federal government must now suspend “any negotiations” with Turkey in terms of solving the refugee crisis.
In addition, Wagenknecht demanded that the [German] federal government summon the Turkish ambassador in Berlin “and make it clear to him that Germany condemns this irresponsible behavior.” The federal government must rule out any and all military involvement and make it clear that it won’t let the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “drag us into a war.”
The Green Party expert in foreign affairs Omid Nouripour warned that an escalation of the violence is “to be avoided at all costs.” Nouripour called for the resumption of the NATO-Russia Council. This forum for dialogue was de facto suspended after the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
The incident at the Turkish-Syrian border shows “the great dangers of the parallel operations of many countries in Syria and the need for concise political and military cooperation between NATO and Russia,” explained Nouripour. The shooting incident must now be “collectively analyzed in an objective and calm manner.”
NATO-member Turkey shot down the Russian fighter jet in the morning near the Syrian border. The Turkish secret service MIT appears to be behind the shooting.
Wagenknecht says that, contrary to her request, the EU is not doing anything in response to Turkey’s actions. She argues out how many billions of European taxpayer euros are needed to keep the refugees away from the EU. As with the taking-in of refugees, the costs must be divided. The European Commission issued a distribution algorithm on Tuesday, which serves as criteria for the distribution of the refugees based on the economic strength of each country. The EU diplomats say that there has yet to be an agreement on how to raise the three billion euros needed to support the refugees living in Turkey.
The EU Commission proposed to make available 500 million euros from the EU budget, and the remaining 2.5 billion euros would come from additional contributions from EU member states. According to the multiple-released distribution key, the highest contribution amount of 534 million euros would fall on to Germany, given that it’s Europe’s largest economy.
Up to this point, previous negotiations have still not provided a solution, said an EU diplomat. The ambassadors of the member states would discuss the issue again Thursday morning. It can’t be ruled out that this won’t end up an issue that will have to be dealt with by the leaders at the EU-Turkey summit on Sunday, November 29.
The EU is flat-out being blackmailed by Erdogan on this issue. The shooting down of the Russian fighter jet shows that Erdogan, who works closely with the US neocons and the American secret services, is prepared to escalate the situation further.
The EU states are completely at the mercy of Erdogan, because they’re unable and unwilling to care for the refugees themselves. They also don’t have the capacity to protect the borders. They have asked Ankara for a joint action plan to create stronger border security and to provide better care for refugees in Turkey, so that the refugees lose their incentive to go to Europe. In addition to the already-promised billions, Ankara was promised a restart of EU accession talks, and accelerated negotiations on visa liberalization for Turkish citizens.