EU could sink Turkey: The Leverage of Economic Hardball to adjust Erdogan’s attitude

EU could sink Turkey: The Leverage of Economic Hardball to adjust Erdogan’s attitude

Dwight Eisenhower knew how to play hardball.  During the Suez Crisis in 1956, Britain, France, and Israel found this out the hard way.  When alerted to the surprise attack on Egypt, President Eisenhower did not ask Anthony Eden to reconsider politely; he told him he would sink the pound and bury England’s economy.  Message sent; all three backed off. 
(Note* This example is intended to illustrate the power of economic leverage, not the merit of Ike’s actions, which is another debate).

This is called economic leverage; the ability to influence through economic means. It’s quite powerful, sometimes more so than a B52 Bomber.  Before engaging in any battle, one must evaluate the leverage one holds over his opponent (and vice-versa).

The EU-Turkey relationship is curious to me. Amazingly, the EU has chosen to surrender their responsibility to secure the external border to a foreign entity in Turkey.  The EU is negotiating from a point of weakness, at the mercy of Turkey’s Erdogan.  I believe this is a mistake, and it is doomed to fail miserably in the long term.

The EU needs to reassess the economic leverage they hold over a very vulnerable Turkey.  They will soon realize that they do have the leverage – assuming they have the strength to ‘man-up’ to Erdogan, which is questionable.

Turkey’s economy has slowed and their current account balance as % of GDP is -7.9.  The Turks are extremely poor with a paltry GDP per head of $10,970.  The inflation rate is a staggering 8.9% and unemployment at 10%.  The country – 98% Muslim – is a tinderbox of volatility that Islamic jihadists and foreign fighters use as a pipeline to Syria.  Tensions inside the country are high and they are fighting a proxy war, through their various Islamic rebels, against both Putin and Iran.  Turkey is about as European as Sultan Suleiman I.

Dig deep and one will find more economic ammunition to battle Erdogan.  41% of Turkey’s exports are to the EU28 countries, with Germany buying the most from Turkey.  The Middle East is imploding with no future; Europe could bury Turkey’s economy.  Erdogan needs Europe much more than Merkel needs Turkey.   The EU should by all means give Erdogan a choice behind close doors:  respect our borders and we can talk about your future; or cast your lot with a Middle East in flames and we will isolate you and your people from Europe.  Erdogan respects power, not candy, and cannot afford any type of sanctions at this time from a continent he needs.  He will understand the message loud and clear.  Destabilize the economy and his power becomes threatened. (Word of caution. The EU Border must be secured for any solution.  It is a common sense at any time).

The weak and feeble response by the EU to this crisis has baffled me from the start.  By unarming themselves of all courage in the face of “UN-Correctness”, the EU finds itself disrespected by the smugglers, Erdogan, the NGOs and even the migrants themselves. As a result, all Europeans are at risk and chaos reigns.  The borders are open to literally anyone, including Islamic terrorists.

The EU is not threatened by a strong opposition, but rather by their own weakness and lack of will and confidence.  The EU has the leverage to stop this madness; but do they have the courage to fight for their culture and way of life – or have they already surrendered their soul?

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5 hours ago

V4 Report

* Brussels/Open Society: EU Commission meeting between Frans Timmermans and George Soros in Brussels reveals the radical ideology behind so-called “EU values”

According to the Brussels Times, this meeting was designed to send a message to Hungary 🇭🇺, but we believe it is unprofessional, inappropriate and will further alienate mainstream Europe from the extreme multicult beliefs of the EU Commissioners.

But at least it provides a clear picture of why Timmermans and other EU Ministers, such as Vera Jourova, have decided to attack both Hungary and Poland. George Soros and the Open Society network are now the “centers of influence” in Brussels.

** Asked by a journalist about the purpose of the meeting, the chief spokesperson replied that Timmermans and Soros have known each other for many years.

“They’ll discuss broader issues of relevance to the EU, such as how to keep EU Member States together....Closer and always together,” he explained.

This resulted in a follow-up question from another journalist: “Are you sure that Soros wants the EU to stick together?” To which the spokesperson simply replied that he does not speak for Soros but for the Commission and Timmermans.

The Brussels Times contacted Frans Timmermans directly to receive his comment on a question which could have been asked by the Hungarian government itself.

Timmermans confirmed that he has been regularly in touch with George Soros and the Open Society Foundations over the last 20 years.

“I have seen firsthand in many different places what his commitment and his contributions have done to help countries rid themselves of their totalitarian, communist past and develop societies based on the same values that were enjoyed by those of us who were lucky enough to be on the right side of the Iron Curtain after WW2 or had the good fortune to liberate themselves from dictatorship earlier,” Timmermans replied.

“Given his and my experience with these issues, it seems to me absolutely logical that we would remain in touch regularly and compare notes about the situation in Europe and beyond.” The socialist from the Netherlands calls himself an expert on freedom. Sure thing, Frans. 🙄👌

“There is no doubt in my mind that his commitment to freedom, democracy and the development of open societies with equal rights for all citizens is genuine and honest,” he said.

Timmermans feels strongly about this commitment. ”It is a commitment I have shared throughout my professional life and a commitment I will stick to until I draw my final breath.”

*** Frans Timmermans has revealed his loyalties and cannot be expected to provide independent and impartial judgement regarding the European nation states.

Visegrad and others should demand his immediate resignation. Timmermans is a multicult activist and should be working for Open Society, instead of undermining Europe.

www.brusselstimes.com/eu-affairs/10983/commission-meeting-with-soros-in-brussels-sends-signal-to-...
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* Brussels/Open Society:  EU Commission meeting between Frans Timmermans and George Soros in Brussels reveals the radical ideology behind so-called “EU values”

According to the Brussels Times, this meeting was designed to send a message to Hungary 🇭🇺, but we believe it is unprofessional, inappropriate and will further alienate mainstream Europe from the extreme multicult beliefs of the EU Commissioners. 

But at least it provides a clear picture of why Timmermans and other EU Ministers, such as Vera Jourova, have decided to attack both Hungary and Poland.  George Soros and the Open Society network are now the “centers of influence” in Brussels.  

** Asked by a journalist about the purpose of the meeting, the chief spokesperson replied that Timmermans and Soros have known each other for many years. 

“They’ll discuss broader issues of relevance to the EU, such as how to keep EU Member States together....Closer and always together,” he explained.

This resulted in a follow-up question from another journalist: “Are you sure that Soros wants the  EU to stick together?” To which the spokesperson simply replied that he does not speak for Soros but for the Commission and Timmermans. 

The Brussels Times contacted Frans Timmermans directly to receive his comment on a question which could have been asked by the Hungarian government itself.

Timmermans confirmed that he has been regularly in touch with George Soros and the Open Society Foundations over the last 20 years. 

“I have seen firsthand in many different places what his commitment and his contributions have done to help countries rid themselves of their totalitarian, communist past and develop societies based on the same values that were enjoyed by those of us who were lucky enough to be on the right side of the Iron Curtain after WW2 or had the good fortune to liberate themselves from dictatorship earlier,” Timmermans replied.

“Given his and my experience with these issues, it seems to me absolutely logical that we would remain in touch regularly and compare notes about the situation in Europe and beyond.”  The socialist from the Netherlands calls himself an expert on freedom.  Sure thing, Frans. 🙄👌

“There is no doubt in my mind that his commitment to freedom, democracy and the development of open societies with equal rights for all citizens is genuine and honest,” he said. 

Timmermans feels strongly about this commitment. ”It is a commitment I have shared throughout my professional life and a commitment I will stick to until I draw my final breath.” 

*** Frans Timmermans has revealed his loyalties and cannot be expected to provide independent and impartial judgement regarding the European nation states.

Visegrad and others should demand his immediate resignation.  Timmermans is a multicult activist and should be working for Open Society, instead of undermining Europe.

http://www.brusselstimes.com/eu-affairs/10983/commission-meeting-with-soros-in-brussels-sends-signal-to-hungary

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Dude you lost this run. We will meet in 2019.

we should remember that processes last for decades and such people are just puppets. they just fight for survive

See you "eye to eye" in 2019 Frans Timmermans ;)

They’re not even trying to hide it anymore.

Soros values

Asshole Merkel she's with Soros

These fucking guys

Jimmie Åkesson var uppmärksam...

I tutaj walnij sie w glowe...

Andrzej Duda watch this....

Inte rasist men Realist..läs

Vi som hatar journalister & politiker för att dom alltid vinklar sanningen

Timmerman is a big piece of shit!

Anti-európean idiot!

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6 hours ago

V4 Report

* Germany 🇪🇺🇩🇪 to accept 10,000 migrants from North Africa and the Middle East. The scheme designed at the Malta Summit is now implemented.

EU Commissioner for Refugees Dimitris Avramopoulos said Germany would be accepting more than 10,000 migrants from North Africa and the Middle East. He added that the EU Commission had received a commitment from Berlin this week, confirming that Germany would play an important role in the EU's “latest” resettlement program.

"The German government is once again there when it comes to international solidarity," Avramopoulos said in Thursday editions of newspapers in the Funke Media Group.

We see Avramopoulos has moved beyond EU solidarity. Now it’s “international solidarity”.

** In February of 2017, the V4 Report predicted this would be the result from the Malta Summit. It is now a reality. Some countries are now providing “safe-legal pathways” for migrants to enter Europe via direct transfers from Turkey and Africa. v4report.com/index.php/2017/02/06/merkel-euco-deception-malta-summit/

Working with the United Nations, the EU aims to provide a legal, direct and safe route to Europe for migrants. At least 50,000 migrants from “crisis areas” are to be brought into the EU by 2019. Other member states, like Slovenia 🇸🇮, have already agreed to resettle 40,000 migrants, meaning that the program's goal has been achieved, and may even be exceeded. The resettlement initiatives could be endless.

The EU will be supporting host countries by providing €500 million ($620 million) in funding for the program. In reality, it’s not the EU’s money.

Meanwhile, the EU Commission has urged Germany to end border controls as soon as possible. Avramopoulos told the Funke Media Group that he would not agree to such controls "forever." So Avramopoulos will decide this internal issue for Germany?

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer recently informed the EU Commission that controls on Germany's border to Austria would be extended for another six months, although systematic controls on flights from Greece would be discontinued.

Avramopoulos welcomed the decision taken by the German authorities to stop systematic border controls at German airports for passengers arriving from Greece.

One does not have to be a scientist to realize what this means.

www.infomigrants.net/en/post/8730/germany-to-accept-10-000-refugees-from-north-africa-middle-east
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* Germany 🇪🇺🇩🇪 to accept 10,000 migrants from North Africa and the Middle East.  The scheme designed at the Malta Summit is now implemented.

EU Commissioner for Refugees Dimitris Avramopoulos said Germany would be accepting more than 10,000 migrants from North Africa and the Middle East. He added that the EU Commission had received a commitment from Berlin this week, confirming that Germany would play an important role in the EUs “latest” resettlement program.

The German government is once again there when it comes to international solidarity, Avramopoulos said in Thursday editions of newspapers in the Funke Media Group.

We see Avramopoulos has moved beyond EU solidarity.  Now it’s “international solidarity”.  

** In February of 2017, the V4 Report predicted this would be the result from the Malta Summit.  It is now a reality.  Some countries are now providing “safe-legal pathways” for migrants to enter Europe via direct transfers from Turkey and Africa.  http://v4report.com/index.php/2017/02/06/merkel-euco-deception-malta-summit/

Working with the United Nations, the EU aims to provide a legal, direct and safe route to Europe for migrants. At least 50,000 migrants from “crisis areas” are to be brought into the EU by 2019. Other member states, like Slovenia 🇸🇮, have already agreed to resettle 40,000 migrants, meaning that the programs goal has been achieved, and may even be exceeded.  The resettlement initiatives could be endless.

The EU will be supporting host countries by providing €500 million ($620 million) in funding for the program.  In reality, it’s not the EU’s money.

Meanwhile, the EU Commission has urged Germany to end border controls as soon as possible. Avramopoulos told the Funke Media Group that he would not agree to such controls forever. So Avramopoulos will decide this internal issue for Germany?

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer recently informed the EU Commission that controls on Germanys border to Austria would be extended for another six months, although systematic controls on flights from Greece would be discontinued.

Avramopoulos welcomed the decision taken by the German authorities to stop systematic border controls at German airports for passengers arriving from Greece. 

One does not have to be a scientist to realize what this means.

http://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/8730/germany-to-accept-10-000-refugees-from-north-africa-middle-east

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terrible faces...

Cock sucker

Those idiots should be catch and put in to the jail ,before they start civil war in Europe

Mogherini and Avramopoulos should be amongst the first to invite in migrants to their own homes --- to practice what they preach, like!

Look at this two shithead ... anyone trust them?

Today muslim migrants are coming to Europe. But after a few years local european people will be going out of europe By the same bus.....

Oh my god, you are now surely doomed like never before!

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7 hours ago

V4 Report

* 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales Online: Some impressive action here by members of the public to thwart a man with a knife.

Wales Online
This is the moment brave members of the public smashed a cyclist with a huge knife off his getaway bike as he fled from police in Cardiff city centre.
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Wales Online

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Playing rugby at school finally paid off ;)

Super

👍

Like watching Play Off Hockey

I'm surprised the person who knocked him of the bike wasn't arrested considering the way things are going in Britain now

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