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It’s not Turkey’s invasion of Syria that worries Europe

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Analysis. This is not the first time that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used refugees as a bargaining chip against Europe. This time he’s upset about the word ‘invasion.’ Brussels decides this week how to respond.

written by Carlo Lania

Topic Refugees

October 12, 2019

The tanks rolling out against the Kurds are now accompanied by outright threats against the European Union. We’d better not describe what Turkey is doing in northern Syria as an “invasion,” because Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ready to open the floodgates for migrants and mount an “invasion” of Europe all by himself with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

“I repeat: If you try to describe our operation as an invasion, we will do what’s easy for us: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million refugees to you,” the Turkish president warned in a speech at a meeting of his party’s supporters in Ankara.

At the European Council on Oct. 17 and 18, the heads of state and........

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