Unintended Consequences Merkel's Reliance on Turkey Makes Life Worse for Refugees

Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Turkey to help reduce the number of refugees coming to Europe. But instead of closing its Aegean coast to migrant smugglers, Ankara shut its border with Syria, making it difficult for those threatened by the war to leave.
The construction of a security wall along the border between Turkey and Syria: Increased controls mean that many trying to escape Assad's barrel bombs are unable to get out of the country.

The construction of a security wall along the border between Turkey and Syria: Increased controls mean that many trying to escape Assad's barrel bombs are unable to get out of the country.

Foto: STR/ AP
Turkey-Syria border crossings

Turkey-Syria border crossings

Foto: DER SPIEGEL
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become extremely dependent on Turkey in the refugee crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become extremely dependent on Turkey in the refugee crisis.

Foto: © Tobias Schwarz / Reuters/ REUTERS