EU throws open the door to more chaos

Daily Mail - - Front Page -

DOES the EU have a death wish? The Mail asks be­cause of the ex­tra­or­di­nary deal signed by Euro­pean lead­ers un­der which 75mil­lion Turks will gain the right to en­ter the con­ti­nent’s bor­der-free Schen­gen zone with­out visas.

Yes, Europe des­per­ately needs Turkey’s help to close its gate­way to the waves of hu­man­ity pour­ing into the EU from the Mid­dle East, Africa and Asia.

Strug­gling to cope with 2.2mil­lion refugees from Syria alone, Turkey was also en­ti­tled to ask a high price for its co­op­er­a­tion in tight­en­ing bor­ders and read­mit­ting mi­grants re­fused EU en­try.

But wasn’t the £2.1bil­lion pledged on Sun­day more than gen­er­ous enough (even be­fore Turkey de­manded the same again ev­ery year!) with­out the of­fer of visa-free travel for Turk­ish cit­i­zens?

All over Europe, Schen­gen zone na­tions are re­in­stat­ing bor­der con­trols af­ter An­gela Merkel’s cat­a­strophic open in­vi­ta­tion to mi­grants (no won­der her ap­proval rat­ing has plunged 25 points).

Mean­while, the con­ti­nent is on max­i­mum ter­ror­ist alert af­ter the Paris atroc­i­ties – one of whose per­pe­tra­tors came through Turkey on a forged pass­port.

How can this be a sen­si­ble mo­ment to re­lax visa con­trols on a coun­try run by a volatile pres­i­dent who is turn­ing it from a sec­u­lar state into a Mus­lim theoc­racy?

More in­com­pre­hen­si­ble still is the EU’s pledge to speed up talks on of­fer­ing mem­ber­ship to Turkey, with its vast pop­u­la­tion and low stan­dard of liv­ing.

With net im­mi­gra­tion in Bri­tain al­ready run­ning at al­most 1,000 a day, doesn’t the case for pulling out of the Brus­sels club grow stronger ev­ery week?

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