Tried to get various sources, I forget why I originally did this. Importance goes from most important at the top to least important at the bottom.
All right, our first top is the EU-Turkey meet. Should really be called EU begs Turkey to make sure no migrants come through. But whatever, I guess calling it that'd be "unofficial", or "casual", though it'd be "truthful". The talks were about, as you can probably guess (unless you're stupid), migrants from Syria and Iraq. EU council president Donald Tusk headed the EU side, while prime minister and actual leader of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, spoke for Turkey. They didn't reach conclusions on many things, and when the talks turned to speech and press freedom in Turkey, Davutoğlu said "Hey, enough of that before I take away your life freedom with this gun.". So inconclusive there, certainly.
But some deals were agreed on, most importantly, these:
* Actively putting back all migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece back to Turkey again.
* Implementing faster migrant visa roadmaps
* Giving Turkey what EU agreed to pay in a meeting last November - 3 thousand million euros - faster.
* For every Syrian Turkey takes back from the EU, another Syrian in Turkey will be settled in the EU (probably Greece, just to troll)
Donald Tusk said of the last point in particular "The return mechanism...should eventually break the business model of human smugglers.". I don't see why he's so against that. EU needs loads of human smugglers if it has any chance at having positive population growth. This man comes from Poland, though, which is accepting a walloping 100 politic asylumates from Syria in Iraq until further notice, has one of the most ethnically uniform countries in Europe, and has the worst attitudes towards Muslims and immigration.
Later, the EU said "Ok, Turkey, you can go, we don't want the evil Muslims to hear our plan.". And the EU privately agreed to help Greece throw out immigrants back to Turkey and to strengthen border security at the Schengen zone's limits.
This whole meeting was a follow up to a meeting in November, in which a like plan was made, but the EU then got pickier and wanted a stricter migration plan. Before the meeting, Donald Tusk went and talked to many Balkan governments, although he totally skipped out on Tiranë, Skopje, and Sofia, the three countries' capital boroughs that border Greece to the north. He did go to Zagreb and Ljubljana and Beograd, but I guess he was partying there, since he didn't even go to the important countries in the Balkans. I hear there are some good parties in Beograd, now I'm a bit jealous.
But he, probably with alcohol racing in his bloodstream from all those misdeeds in his week-long party trip, said "The days of irregular immigration, yeah, that's what I think I mean, but I don't know, I'm pretty rocked, did I mean illegal immigration? Whatever, the days of irregular immigration to Europe are over.". (he did actually say something like this) Great, now we can begin regular immigration to Europe. 100,000 immigrants every day, please. And no skipping out on days. 101,000? Ooh, I don't know, might be irregularity.
You see, Tusk isn't against illegal immigration - he's against irregular
immigration. He wants immigration regularly. Since this recent immigrant influx has been the biggest since the Second World War, he wants to switch back to the old regular immigration levels, which were negative, since everyone was wanting to go away from Europe, some French folk went to Syria.
Anyhow, Turkey currently holds about 2.7 million migrants, and NATO warships are patrolling the Aegan Sea to make sure it's not "generous" with giving away free migrants. David Cameron says he wants to "break the link between getting on a boat and resettlement in Europe". But you know, that's not breaking the link at all. For every migrant in Greece sent back to Turkey, another Syrian will be taken from Turkey and put in the EU. But whatever. He says he wants to battle human traffickers and economic migrants, and it's a battle he can win, since there's not much to fight. You think Syrians and Iraqis and Eritreans, that they care really where they go? The best is best, of course, and social systems are attractive, but really, most are fine with staying in a not dangerously overcrowded, overspent camp like the ones in Jordan or Turkey. The grounds they're all heading to Germany is since Germany is accepting them in the biggest counts.
Cameron also ironically added "At the end of the day, our continent is our continent altogether.". You know, he could replace Nigel Farage as leader of UKIP if he replaced "continent" with "island(s)". You're not part of the continent, Britain. And UKIP is struggling to make that a more realised truth. Get out of here, Britain, you leech. The EU doesn't want you, and is also thinking about kicking out Cyprus and Malta. You're not part of the continent, you leech. Vote UKIP next time, unless you want to continue the leechiness of Britain. Scotland? Oh sure, we'll take in Scotland, we'll just saw a line in between it and England and then stitch it to, hmm, Denmark, and we'll call the new politic union Scotmark. Vote SNP next time.
The International Rescue Committee also criticised this meeting. "closing all of Europe's borders without offering alternative routes to safety will not work...In fact, the only winners will be smugglers, as people take more elaborate and more dangerous routes to safety.". Donald Tusk is just going to make the situation harder on himself, and making the mythic foe that they're trying to slay, well, not be so mythic anymore. Speaking about myths, we need to bring back the gonyrch. Great myth, the old three-headed dragon. Used to live in east Poland, too. Yet you know how many Zloty he put into finding the gonyrches? 0. What an arse, don't vote Civic Platform. Doesn't even want to save the gonyrch.
Oh, also, NATO launched another criticism of Russia. They say that Russia is trying to "stir up emotion in Europe". That much, I agree with, mostly, anyway. Russia's definitely taking advantage of the situation. But then, NATO launches into counter-propoganda crap, about an information war or something like that.
"What we have seen is a lot of strong evidence to suggest that by deliberately distorting facts through their centrally controlled media, Russia is exploiting contentious issues in order to undermine European democratic values such as freedom of speech, tolerance and human rights...Russia's political establishment has had no reservations about capitalizing on a potentially divisive issue such as refugees with a view to interfering in legitimate democratic processes outside of its own borders."
+Subtletly ("what we have seen is a lot of strong evidence to suggest" is a great way to start off an insult. "What we have seen is a lot of strong evidence to suggest that you're stupid at unforeseen levels.")
-most everything else
I mean come on. Truths can't be distorted, only outlooks can. And every significant news medium does it to some extent. Tell me when NATO does a documentary on the NATO war crimes and wrecking in Serbia like RT did. RT is just one agency, though. Sputnik is not very popular abroad, as I understand, so just RT. So, RT, one agency, somehow managed to kill off the others? So that they would be the only information medium left? Hello? GPA and BBC is still here, last I checked. I don't get what shred of evidence they really have about Russia somehow killing democracy in Europe. RT is making Europeans aware of Amnesty International's criticism of the EU, but this somehow breaking human rights? And RT is also taking over every EU government and shutting down every news agency except it, apparently. And it's hella hypocritic to implify that Russia is not supposed to have a comment here - every country should have a comment, and America and Europe certainly very much do - I mean, there was that time where Radio Free Europe tried to incite a rebellion in Karkalpakstan against Uzbekistan, when noone there wanted independence (they couldn't even find one person).
Anyhow, in February, Greece averaged 1,800 migrants each day coming, but only a few hundreds were let through Macedonia's secure border, most of the rest either stayed in Greece, or used another Balkan route.
And what did Turkey get from all this? Besides 3 thousand million euros, it was also promised a "faster membership process to the EU". Yum, but imagine the outrage the delusioned wrong dishonourable David Cameron has, admitting a barely European country into the EU. "IT'S OUR CONTINENT, OURS, NOT ANY F-ING OSMAN DYNASTY!". To call Britain a black sheep is a bit of a misnomer. On my map, it's green. A green sheep, far worse than a black sheep. Green like the hue of sickness. Green like a germ. And Turkey is orange, like an athletic basketball, or a tangerine (not going to say the orange fruit's name - ha). Less germs and green sheeps like Britain, more basketballs.
By the way, while reading this article on CNN, one of the side articles was "Hear teacher slay on 'The Voice'". This is news?