EU’s Tusk slams Erdogan’s threat of refugee surge as a ‘blackmail’

Kuwait Times, 12 October 2019 - EU Council President Donald Tusk has condemned as attempted “blackmail” a threat by the Turkish president to allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticizes Ankara’s offensive in Syria. Tusk’s comments came during a visit to EU member Cyprus, where he also slammed Turkey over its “illegal” drilling off the Mediterranean holiday island. [...]

The Netherlands is responsible for about eight percent of Europe’s total arms exports to Turkey, according to figures by the Amsterdam-based research and campaign organization Stop Wapenhandel.

This included mainly parts for tanks and armoured vehicles, as well as technology and parts for fighter planes and attack helicopters, Stop Wapenhandel said in a report released in 2017. [...]