Hungary: Foreign Minister Szijjártó Calls for New EU-Turkey Migration Deal. What happened to the first deal?
The V4 Report believes Szijjártó is excellent and one of the best, but it does not mean we will not disagree with him somewhat on this issue with Turkey.
Nevertheless, we fully understand Hungary’s position here, it is on the front lines and will bear the brunt of any new invasions. Nothing wrong with at least keeping the lines of communication open.
* Can Hungary rely fully on the Greek government at the border?
We do not know all the financial details of the dispute between Brussels and Erdogan, but we do know that Turkey has not fulfilled its obligation of taking back “all illegals” who entered Greece via Turkey by sea since the agreement of 2016.
It just did not and is not happening…and this is a big problem. Any new deal with Turkey must be contingent on this deportation clause being fulfilled in full before any new funds are released.
** Another issue we find troublesome with the EU is the over-reliance on an erratic foreign leader – especially one focused on instigating confrontation with Greece – to protect the EU borders long term. Is this wise or even sustainable?
The V4 Report believes it is the primary duty of the EU to defend its own borders, which admittedly has been a major problem. But the means is there; unfortunately, EU suffers from a lack of Will and courage. We would like to see more of these resources used in Greece to deny entry at the land border and to continue the so-called push-backs at sea.
If Erdogan wants a deal, he needs to be sent the message that pushing illegals towards the Greece border will not fly, but he has to be shown this with action. In addition, if money is to be released, Turkey must willingly take back its illegal migrants. This must be the crux of any deal.
*** Hungary may be weighing another question that is valid. Can they trust the Greek government in defending those borders? While the pandemic helped slow things down over the last couple of months, will Greece have the resolve long term to defend the EU border?
Its track record is very poor, at least prior to March 2020, which is why Hungary may be looking at alternatives given the risks involved.
While the V4 Report does not have great confidence in the government of Greece, the recent aggressiveness of Erdogan may have greatly changed its attitude at the border.
We hope so but will find out in the coming months. Still, we would not rely on Erdogan for border security given his erratic nature and delusional visions.
It’s not a one-way street, Erdogan must also be willing to adjust his attutude, which we find doubtful.