A number of members of the European Parliament harshly critisized the deal reached on 7th March between the Council of the European Union and Turkey. The MEPs accused ruling Justice and Development party of supporting Islamism and called the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a ‘dictator’.
“I have been recently to Turkey and I want to say that it does not remind me a European country at all. It rather reminds me war-torn Syria. I think that Turkey has created this mess with refugees for the EU,” said Marie-Christine Vergiat, a French MP from Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left.
“My goodness, I wish that David Cameron was as good in negotiations, as the Turks are. According to the deal we pay Turkey a fortune not to reduce numbers and give visa-free access for seventy five million Turks from June of this year. It is a political union with a country that has borders with Iraq, Syria and Iran. We are going on into political union with a country that is poorer than anybody else in the EU and give free movement to seventy five million people and join up with the government that is increasingly Islamist and authoritarian,” said Nigel Farage, a British MEP from Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group.
“This deal was a breach of the EU law. It is shame and I do not understand how we can sleep quietly after it,” added Ska Keller, a German MEP from Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance.
The deal reached recently between the EU Heads of State or Government and Turkey is considered as an attempt to curb the refugee flow into Europe. According to the agreement in exchange for Turkey’s assistance in dealing with this problem, the EU will lift the visa requirements for Turkish citizens at the latest by the end of June 2016 and prepare for the decision on the opening of new chapters in the Turkey’s accession negotiations.