Turkey ‘so far reliable partner’ in refugee crisis

Turkey ‘so far reliable partner’ in refugee crisis

Turkey ‘so far reliable partner’ in refugee crisis

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Turkey is the EU’s “reliable partner” in tackling the refugee crisis, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said.      

Reaffirming his support for the EU-Turkey deal on migration implemented in March, Schulz dismissed the suggestion that the agreement was close to breaking down following a series of public disputes between Turkish and EU figures.

“The EU-Turkey refugee deal will not collapse,” he told the Nordwest-Zeitung newspaper. “So far Turkey has been a reliable partner in this area.”

He added: “Turkey has often been exemplary in its treatment of refugees.”      

Schulz, who is a German social democrat, went on to attack the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party over its exploitation of the refugee crisis.

“This party has no serious solution to the pressing problems and does not offer a real alternative, rather it is seeking scapegoats,” he said.

“Sometimes they blame Islam for everything, sometimes the media, sometimes Europe or sometimes the refugees.”      

March’s deal aims to discourage dangerous migration across the Aegean Sea by taking stricter measures against human traffickers and improving conditions for 3 million refugees in Turkey.