The political situation in Turkey has many policymakers in the European Union deeply concerned about the long-term viability of the refugee deal agreed in March.
But neither Germany nor any of the other 27 members of the European Union are willing to discuss what might happen if the agreement fails.
“For us, there is no plan B,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is said to have remarked at a recent meeting, according to a source.
For Germany, which accepted more than 1 million refugees last year, the situation appears much the same.
Government spokesman Steffen Siebert avoided an assessment of the refuge agreement, saying only that the German government was focused on implementing the agreed measures. The European side, he said, would fulfill its obligations, “and we expect the same of our Turkish partners, of course.”
Turkey is crucial to solving the refugee crisis.
Under the March deal, the country agreed to back all migrants who cross into Greece from its soil, and that for each refugee returned from Greece, the European Union would take in one Syrian refugee directly from Turkey — a move designed to stop the illegal, hazardous migration of refugees across the Aegean Sea.
Also, the European Union promised to provide €6 billion ($6.8 billion) in aid to help accommodate refugees in Turkey, and to introduce visa-free travel to the European Union for Turkish citizens, in addition to accelerating E.U. accession talks.