Turkey can’t be trusted

Now that we see Turkish coastguards firing high pressure water jets at immigrants’ dinghies trying to reach Greece and others trying to smash immigrants’ engines, is it any wonder that many immigrants are rumoured already to be drowned? Can any responsible government in the EU rely on any sort of agreement with the Turkish government? Last week the EU — Angela Merkel actually — asked the Turkish government to prevent immigrants actually setting out from the mainland.

Is Turkey, a sizeable country with sizeable security forces, unable to do that? It is a country that is now sliding back from having a secular government a few years ago to becoming a religious one. And we know, in Europe, just how nasty religious governments can be. If the EU foreign ministers meeting next week make any further agreements with Turkey then the EU is in an even worse mess than ever.

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