The Turkish Foreign Minister is basically giving the EU two choices:
(1) submit to allowing visa-free travel for millions of Turks, which will be a security nightmare for Europe (since it will allow a backdoor into Europe from the whole Middle East via fake passports) and cause a tidal wave of illegal immigration, with disastrous demographic and cultural problems, orThis is outrageous blackmail of the most brazen type; it can scarcely be believed.
(2) we will flood Europe with a tidal wave of illegal immigration, causing a security nightmare and disastrous demographic and cultural problems.
Turkey, with its increasing authoritarian Islamist government, is simply an enemy of the West.
The EU, if there is any sense left in Brussels, should immediately create a police and naval force to prevent any illegal crossings from Turkey and turn back the boats and close Europe’s borders.
Otherwise, it’s rapid demographic and cultural suicide for Europe at a much more rapid rate than the slow boil death already happening at the moment.
Another related issue here is the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July 2016. There seems to be some evidence that the US was quietly supporting this coup: see here. This in turn seems related to the volte-face Erdoğan recently made by trying to reverse his policy on the Syrian war and in restoring relations with Russia, decisions no doubt likely to upset Washington. It’s even reported that the Russians tipped off Erdoğan’s government with a warning about the impending coup from intercepted signals by Russian military intelligence.
But you can’t help wondering whether Erdoğan’s increasingly Islamist government and his role in causing chaos in Europe through the migrant crisis has made policy-makers in Washington think that he is a serious liability who should go.
Meanwhile, the diplomatic and strategic thaw in Russian-Turkish relations is proceeding rapidly (see also here).