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Erdogan’s Real EU Threat Lies on Border to Syria, Not Greece

  • Mainly economic migrants heeding Turkish call to cross to EU
  • Battle for Idlib could unleash two million refugees to borders
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Among the throngs who showed up at Turkey’s Pazarkule border gate looking to cross over to Greece and a new life was Mohammed Riza Ansari, a 31-year-old construction worker.

In common with many camped out in the no-man’s land on Sunday, Ansari had slept in the open since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey was opening its western border to Europe in response to refugee pressure from Syria. Like many of them, he wasn’t fleeing the Syrian war at all.