"Many of our neighbours look with satisfaction at our troubles and are prepared to extract favours in exchange for halting the flow of migrants. For us, refugees are specific people, individuals, who expect our help. For Turkey, however, the wave of refugees is just dirty business or a political bargaining chip. We are slowly becoming witnesses to the birth of a new form of political pressure, and some even call it a kind of a new hybrid war, in which migratory waves have become a tool, a weapon against neighbours. This requires particular sensitivity and responsibility on our side."That Tusk is being candid about one NATO member using its own war against Assad to launch economic war on other NATO members is quite extraordinary. Merkel also feels the edge of Tusk's tongue:
He said "Wilkommen politik" had acted as a "magnet" for "millions" of Afghans and Pakistanis, and said Mrs Merkel needed to come up with serious solutions. It was a "beautiful moral gesture" but Mrs Merkel now faces an "exam in responsibility for the protection of the European political community and its external borders," he said.Well well.