DW talks to German parliamentarian Andreas Nick about current German-Turkish relations
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using Syrian refugees as a bargaining chip to blackmail the EU. Europe must step up and decide how to react — before it is too late, says DW's Barbara Wesel.
The Turkish president has vowed to unblock what was once considered the main gateway for refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe. Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the US and the EU create a safe zone in northern Syria.
President Erdogan has threatened to ditch the EU refugee deal. After election losses and faced with escalating conflict in Idlib, the attitude toward the growing number of Syrian refugees has become increasingly harsh.
Foreign troops should leave Syria once terrorists are defeated and security reestablished, Russia's Vladimir Putin has said at a peace summit in Ankara. Turkey and Russia are at odds over a regime offensive in Idlib.
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