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Turkey deal - EU leaders have just gone all in while holding a bad hand


21 Mar 2016


Europe's East
Justice & Home Affairs

18th March 2016 -- Responding to the agreement on refugee and migrant flows reached between the EU and Turkey, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group spokesman on home affairs in the European Parliament, said:  

"EU leaders have just gone all in while holding a bad hand. I genuinely hope that this agreement makes a difference but I fear by this Autumn we will look back and realise it was a very costly error that turned Greece into a processing camp, did little to stem numbers of economic migrants seeking to come to certain parts of Europe, and didn't find a meaningful solution to how EU will distribute the people received between Member States. 

"Prime Ministers have the right motives: to end the link between boarding a boat and remaining in Europe; but I doubt how practical this agreement will be in reality." 


Notes: To read an op-ed that Timothy wrote on the agreement, go to



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