Soli Ozel

Soli Ozel is a senior lecturer at Kadir Has University and a columnist for the Haberturk newspaper.

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The EU-Turkey Deal: Expediency Trumps the EU’s Higher Calling

The deal between the EU and Turkey to manage the flow of refugees from Syria, made public at the end of the European Council meeting on March 18, has big potential benefits for both the EU and Turkey. But it has big costs as well. If successful, it will stem the tide of refugees, help prevent the collapse of the Greek state, allow the EU to start healing its own wounds and prepare the ground for a more orderly placement and distribution of the refugees.