Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aim in launching an assault against the rebel stronghold of Aleppo, Syria, is not only to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power but to weaken Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany by flooding Europe with millions more migrants this spring and summer, warns a top European foreign-policy analyst.
The ultimate objective is to destroy the European Union, she contends.
“Merkel’s latest plan is for Turkey to stop the flow of refugees to Greece, which can no longer cope under the immense strain,” said Judy Dempsey, a nonresident senior associate with the Brussels-based Carnegie Europe and the editor and chief of Strategic Europe.
“But outsourcing the refugee problem to either Greece or Turkey is not a sustainable option,” she stressed. “In return for Turkey’s assistance, Merkel said EU countries, many of which have already refused to take in refugees or are closing their borders, would have to be willing to accept quotas of migrants.”
Putin’s action in Syria tests the 1985 Schengen Agreement, which committed the 26 nations of the EU to allowing passport-free travel across their borders.
With the more than 1 million Middle Eastern asylum seekers flooding the EU through Greece and Turkey last year, pressure is intensifying even within the EU to exercise a provision in the Schengen Agreement that would suspend passport-free travel for two years, “dealing a potentially terminal blow to a scheme that has been in place for more than 20 years,” as the London Guardian reported Jan. 26.
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