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Restoring death penalty in Turkey 'red line' in European Union bid

20 March 2017

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 15,000 refugees a month should be sent to Europe as a shock therapy.

Over the past fortnight, the row has escalated, with Mr Erdogan repeatedly accusing Dutch and German politicians of acting like "Nazis" and claiming the "spirit of fascism" is rampant in Europe. "It has become mission impossible for those who need it most to seek refuge in Europe", Panos Navrozidis, the IRC's country director in Greece, said. Political consultant Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners says the attacks on Europe are an attempt by Erdogan to consolidate nationalist and religious voters ahead of next month's referendum.

But Gabriel said responding to the comments would only serve Erdogan's interests. "What they will invent to further annoy Europe [with] above and beyond outrageous insults, I really don't know", Yesilada said.

"Have five children, not three". In addition bans on planned rallies by Turkish ministers in Germany to drum up support for Erdogan have also caused anger.

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Colakoglu also said the divisive elections in The Netherlands - in which far-right leader Geert Wilders targeted an alleged Muslim threat to Dutch identity - had additionally fuelled tensions.

He said the dramatic statements and the recent fallout in relations with some European countries should be read as part of the efforts of Turkey's government to win votes in the upcoming referendum on granting the President more powers.

The German minister defended Saturday the banning of rallies, aimed at winning votes from a Turkish diaspora that numbers as many as 1.4 million in Germany alone.

"We are not taking part in a game of provocation", German deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter said in response to the newspaper splash. Let us remind you that you can not play games in this region and ignore Turkey, ' he added.

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One year after the European Union and Turkey signed an agreement swapping money for migration control, opinions as to the political and moral benefits and drawbacks of the deal are divided along exactly the same lines they were when it was concluded.

Ankara and Brussels agreed on a deal in March 2016, under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis.

When the European Commission refers to "saving" people, it means stopping them from leaving Turkey and instead staying in accommodation that's now partially funded by the EU. But the United Nations children's agency UNICEF on Friday said the agreement had been plagued by broken promises, and although it had curbed migrant flows, it had increased the suffering of children.

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Restoring death penalty in Turkey 'red line' in European Union bid