The compromise trap

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Germany will provide financial aid to Turkey to save the country from an economic crisis. The migrant issues between politicians are kept aside in such situations, writes Radovan Geist.

Politics is the art of making compromises and presenting them as a victory. Three years ago the migrant crisis put another nail in the coffin of European unity, and the discussion about solidarity with the countries surrounding the Schengen border was resembling rather a trench war then a process of finding a common solution.

The only thing the European Union agreed on was a plan to export the problem outside the borders. The agreement with Turkey signed in 2016 served as a desirable model: Ankara received financial aid for keeping the immigrants in the country. However Recep T. Erdogan does not hesitate to use the deal for political pressure.

This is visible in the light of the recent Turkish political crisis. Germany is seriously considering financial aid to the country, not because of its love of Erdogan or the feeling of remorse, rather because of the fear that the economic problems can destabilize the country and question its ability and will to fulfill the migrant agreement.

First the plan was to provide a series of loans from the countries of the European Union with the participation of the IMF. Because of possible resistance of other countries now Germany is considering a bilateral loan.

The Greeks should be really angry: the German government, which agreed on financial solidarity with the Eurozone with disgust and extremely strict conditions wants to provide the loan to a country which is violating human rights and its president calls other European politicians Nazis and fascists. This is the outcome of a compromise of a country with its own values.

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