Categories: Greek NEWS

Germany to ‘bribe’ Turkey with 32 million euros to stop people smugglers


According to German media reports, the German parliament’s budget committee on Wednesday was considering giving 32 million euros to Turkey to battle people smuggling operations.

The money is intended “to support Turkey in restoring the operational capability of its coast guard,” while a report dated the 23rd February from the German Interior Ministry to the budget committee noted that this capability is currently “not guaranteed at all, due to ongoing rescue operations for refugees and migrants who are in danger and also due to efforts to prevent illegal migration.”

The same document mentions that the expenditure is “unavoidable” as it would otherwise “seriously impair state interests of a political nature.”

Meanwhile German magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ highlighted the fact that Greece was now securing the European Union’s external borders and referred to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to open the “gates” of the European Union to refugees. The article asked whether there will be a repetition of the “refugee summer” of 2015, with the magazine replying that the 2015 scenario “must on no account be repeated.”

In 2015, people from many countries flocked to Turkey in order to travel from there to the EU – for example Syrians who had previously been living in Lebanon and Jordan. However, Turkey has since closed its borders with Syria and those currently at the Greek-Turkish border are mainly those who have been living in Turkey for several years, according to ‘Der Spiegel’.


Alex Constantine

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

Impressive waterspout swirls near Santorini

A towering waterspout dazzled residents and tourists on the Greek island of Santorini two days ago. According to the National… Read More

2 hours ago

On this day in 1925, Greek composer and theorist Manos Hatzidakis was born

Manos Hatzidakis is known as one of Greece’s absolute legends in the music industry. He was a Greek composer and… Read More

3 hours ago

Argo Awards- Distinguished Greeks abroad honoured

The Argo 2020 Awards were presented to eight Greek women and men who have successfully pursued careers abroad. The online… Read More

4 hours ago

‘Glorious Victories. Between Myth and History’ Exhibition (VIDEO)

The new temporary exhibition 'Glorious Victories. Between Myth and History' at the National Archaeological Museum, was inaugurated by Greece's Minister of… Read More

5 hours ago

Mykonos added to UK’s safe travel list

The Greek island of Mykonos, the Canary Islands, the Maldives and Denmark have been added to the UK's travel corridor… Read More

7 hours ago

THI Australia – Greek PM Mitsotakis connects with the Greek Australian diaspora

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was the special guest for the Hellenic Initiative Australia's inaugural Digital Conversation Series, which took place… Read More

8 hours ago