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The Allegedly Secret German-Turkish Agreement that could bring 1.5 Million Migrants, by Stratediplo

Source: Stratediplo

Just a few days ago the European dissident press was moved to the “revelation” to the Hungarian Members on 10 February by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, ofan alleged secret German-Turkish agreement for the transfer from Turkey, for distribution to within the European Union, of 400,000 to 500,000 more Syrians.

This is not a scoop since the same Viktor Orbán had already said on Dec. 2 that he expected the announcement of the agreement within a few days, knowing that as was shown while raising this issue again on 11 November summit of Valletta (and already at the stormy European Council of 15 October), it would not be very well accepted.

This is not new. Through its memo 15-5777, submitted by President Jean-Claude Juncker to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on October 5th and broadcasted on the 6th, the European Commission summarized the Action Plan developed by a Turkish-European Joint Committee following the informal European Council of September 23 (and perhaps imagined at the dinner of May 17), and I believe not disclosed to date except for the provisions that have been included in the agreement of November 29. The memo, issued to the heads of state as a succinct agenda for the European Council of October 15 and 16 (which would be cut short the evening of the 15 following dissensions), refers to ” EU resettlement schemes and programmes, which could enable refugees in Turkey to enter the EU in an orderly manner. “

It is indeed not a German-Turkish agreement, even though when sent to Turkey on October 18 to negotiate on behalf of the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel may well have suggested to President Erdoğan that this was a German initiative, like the call of August 24 for massive illegal intrusion, which french President François Hollande went to Berlin specifically to support (rather than to Brussels).The agreement we are talking about at the moment has unfortunately nothing German but is actually a clause in an EU Turkish agreement and the destination of the settlers (they are legally not refugees) that Turkey must provide is not Germany but the whole of the European Union, according to the distribution key negotiated in May, the famous quotas that initially attributed only 14.17% of illegal intruders to France which therefore insisted to finally get 20%.

This agreement is not a real secret. Lauriane Lizé-Galabbé had publicly denounced it on October 8, just three days after the European presidents Jean-Claude Juncker (Commission), Donald Tusk (Council) and Martin Schultz (Parliament) had personally told Ottoman President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan their acceptance. Stratediplo, who only comments on open source information, mentioned it on October 16 (sommet de dupes ), and said on November 29, after the official signing of the agreement which did not mention any figures, that we were unaware ” by how much had been raised the promise of installation in the European Union of the half-million colons to be sent by Turkey ” ( victoire turque ou capitulation uniopéenne ? ).

The figures unveiled by Prime Minister Orbán are likely outdated. The details of this proposal predated the Russian intervention in Syria and included the delivery to Turkey of a territorial fringe of northern Syria, as already promised by the United States on July 27, nevertheless after the Russian intervention the EU could not give this piece of Syria and Turkey has demanded more in compensation.Whereas until the end of September the European Union planned to offer Turkey a billion euros, the oral proposal of the three European presidents on October 5 already amounted to three billion (to compensate for the inability to offer a piece of Syria) even though President Juncker claimed to the European Council of the 15 that he had proposed only a billion, and furthermore on the 18 hisnegotiator Merkel was forced, in Ankara, to accept the principle of an annual renewal of these three billion (the agreement signed on November 29 mentionesan initial amount of three billion ” subject to review “).

After the chilly reception reserved to this idea at the European Council of October 15, especially by the group of Višegrad, opponents such as Viktor Orbán certainly have not been kept informed of the continuation of negotiations with the Sublime Porte, and no figure has been mentioned in the agreement signed on November 29. But it is very likely that the half a million “Syrian refugees” that the EU intended to propose on October 5 to go get in Turkey was not enough either to offset the inability to give Turkey a portion of Syria. Since the proposed billion turned into a three billion (annual), it would not be surprising that the half a million refugees have been transformed into a million and a half, roughly the number of true Syrians present in Turkey (which would cease to be refugees as soon as they pass into a third country). The certification of syrianity of course relies on Turkey, since European countries who have severed all diplomatic contact with Syria are unable to distinguish a genuine passport issued in Syria from a fake one printed in Turkey.

This case is unfortunately only one of multiple felonies outlined in the Huitième Plaie in hopes of preventing the imminent change of scale of the invasion of Europe by Asia.

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The Refugee Crisis: Separating the Conspiracies from The Conspiracy™, by Eric Draitser

Source: Counterpunch

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As the refugee crisis in Europe has come to dominate western media headlines, it has predictably given rise to a complex web of theories, analyses, and politically and ideologically charged omissions and distortions. The corporate propagandists of ‘acceptable journalism’ have presented the issue in a purely humanitarian and cultural light, with little to no political context in terms of the refugee influx as the fruit of imperial wars in Africa and Asia.

These bastions of journalistic truth have managed to flush down the memory hole nearly all evidence published in their own pages of the overlapping strategies of regional and international powers that have conspired to wage war in Syria, openly colluded in wars of aggression in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen, and prolonged and capitalized from seemingly endless conflicts in Somalia and elsewhere. All of these very conscious decisions by the ruling class and its political establishment in the US-NATO (plus Israel and GCC), have led directly to the “crisis” as it exists today. And yet, if they’re mentioned at all, it is merely in passing bemusement, the way one might refer to a stupid comment made after one too many tequila shots at a margarita happy hour.

The refugee issue then becomes less a product of political conflict, and more a cultural battlefield with trenches dug along racial and ethnic lines: the struggle to maintain European ‘civilization’ against the barbaric hordes of uncivilized brown-skinned invaders arriving as a “swarm,” to borrow the unintentionally honest expression used by British Prime Minister David Cameron to describe the refugees. This is of course the neocolonial, supremacist position espoused most vocally by the far right throughout Europe, from Marine Le Pen and the Front National in France, to Hungary’s conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban whose heavy-handed tactics – building fences, mobilizing troops and the unemployed, convicts, and fascists of various stripes – to block the refugee influx, have been both praised and condemned by various elements in Europe.

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Conversation: Andre Vltchek sets the record straight with an establishment mouthpiece

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books are: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and  Fighting Against Western Imperialism.  Discussion with Noam Chomsky: On Western TerrorismPoint of No Return is his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania – a book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear”. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through his websiteor his Twitter.

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