Turkey-EU migrant deal over says Turkey’s Deputy PM

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on 14 March that since Europe has not kept its promises on the migrant deal, for Turkey the agreement has ended. Turkey’s minister to the EU Omar Celik also mentioned that Turkey has no obligation to continue with the deal.

The statements come amidst escalating tensions between Ankara and EU member states including Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, with Kurtulmus exclaiming that Europeans politicians are under a fascist neo-Nazi influence. As a result of the EU-Turkey deal, the flow of migrants through the Balkans decreased, however as Turkey harbours over two million potential migrants, the route could face a renewed influx. Turkey has threatened to break the migrant deal in the past, most recently when Greece refused to extradite eight Turkish military personnel in connection to the July 2016 failed coup attempt. 

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