Erdogan threatens EUSSR: Visas for Turks by Christmas or we will open the floodgates

ERDOGAN THREAT: Give Turkey VISAS BY CHRISTMAS or it will open EU borders to migrants

And so, the cat is out of the bag. It was a huge mistake to offer this insolent despot billions of Euros to “help” stem the flow of Paki-Afghani-Iraqi-Syrian Mohammedans, which he had no intention to do anyway. Now the Turks demand free access to the fleshpots of EUrabia, and if he doesn’t get his way, they will invade us anyway. I think more than anything this is a question of leadership now.

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President Erdogan has warned he will unleash a wave of migrants

TURKEY has threatened to open its borders to thousands of migrants unless its citizens are granted EU visas by the end of December.

If President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration carries out the threat it would trample on a £5billion deal with Brussels that has stemmed the flow of migrants into Europe.

Mr Erdogan’s government in Ankara warned yesterday it would unleash chaos on Europe unless Turkey’s 80 million citizens were granted freedom of movement across the continent.

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “Our patience is approaching an end. We won’t wait until the end of the year.”

Our patience is approaching an end. We won’t wait until the end of the year —Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Under the current EU agreement, Turkey takes back migrants who have travelled illegally through the country to Greece, but the warning could spark a new wave of migrants trying to use Turkey as a way in to Europe.

The deal was agreed last year when more than a million people arrived in Europe, most reaching Greek islands by boat and continuing by land to Germany.

The number of migrants arriving in Greece has fallen dramatically since the agreement, with 2,970 crossing the Aegean from Turkey in October compared with 211,663 in the same month last year.

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Turkey is threatening to open its borders to migrants unless its citizens are granted EU access

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President Erdogan has been in a stalemate with Brussels for months

But a record 27,272 migrants arrived in Italy last month and Austria has now deployed troops to the border between Hungary and Serbia amid fears the fragile migrant deal signed between the EU and Turkey is close to collapse.

Turkey has been in a months-long stalemate with Brussels bureaucrats after they demanded the country meets a set of criteria, including revising its anti-terrorism laws, before granting its citizens access to Europe.

Ankara’s warning comes after a car bomb in the centre of southeastern Turkey’s largest city, Diyarbakir, killed six people and wounded 40 others just hours after police detained Kurdish politicians in a renewed clampdown on separatists.