Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Telegraph: The Turkey deal is proof that Europe can hold its nose and adapt to reality – populists must follow suit

The Telegraph: The Turkey deal is proof that Europe can hold its nose and adapt to reality – populists must follow suit

by Peter Foster


"This deal could indeed mean that Turkey repatriates Afghan migrants without the same due process as a European tribunal would give them, perhaps exposing them to danger, and even death at the hands of the Taliban. But that is not, in itself, grounds to dismiss this deal. In a world of hard choices, that evil must be weighed in the moral balance: whatever blood ends up on Europe’s hands as a result of this deal must be set against the deaths of 2,000 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean last year alone, and the political cost caused by uncontrolled migration.

These are the harsh realities. Europe is often rightly berated for being useless and ineffectual, so when the collective apparatus finally stops grandstanding and grafts out a hard-nosed deal that has a fighting chance of success, we should applaud, not complain. And if the Left and Right come together in the European Parliament to reject this deal – as looks highly possible – it will be yet another example of populist politicians indulging themselves and their voters in the lazy belief that they can have their moral cake and eat it. They cannot - at least, not without serious economic and political costs.

It is time to for centre-ground politicians to ask their electorates to either face the facts, or the chaos of a political unravelling now in evidence all across Europe will only deepen."

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