Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: WHY DOES THE EU STAND SILENT ON THE CASE OF SYRIAN REFUGEES
You need to understand that for the top ranking EU officials, bringing in more member countries is top priority and Turkey is the main target. This is not readily apparent because Turkey keeps begging to accede and is being turned down for various reasons – valid reasons. The EU’s tolerance toward Turkey illustrates this. Further, since the EU knows how desperate Turkey is to join their empire, they know it will never go too far in sullying Brussels. Their desire to build their empire is based not on tangible gains but on ideology. Their idea is to gain territory and control thereover, adding its economy to the EU’s, bringing the new member under its laws and enjoining it to pay heavy tribute to Brussels. Turkey, with its large economy and position in the Middle East is a tempting target for accession, although despite having economic powers like France and Germany as members, the EU Central Bank is still obliged to print billions of euros, following the US exmple and the economic fate of the EU is by no means certain.
Thus, between the issue of reducing immigration and annexing Turkey, the latter wins hand down and the EU is willing to pay Turkey billions of euros for tending a refugee camp to bring the country into the EU’s sphere of influence. But unfortunately for the refugees, it is not about them, not at all.
While the EU – along with the West at large – keeps up a righteous verbal insistence on reducing the number of refugees from Syria, it refuses to do the obvious things that would control the refugee flow, and that is, the following, in coordination with the US:
1--Lift the sanctions on Syrians in Syria that make it difficult for them to buy food and medicine (yes, technically, international law forbids direct sanctions on medicine, but when you prevent them from earning a living, well. you understand. Medicines and doctors cost money- The same applies to Iran).
2--Stop embargoing the importation of energy sources into Syria. They have enough oil in natural deposits to sustain themselves but the US and Coalition have sequestered these resources and deny them access to them. Syria troops that tried to approach oil-rich Deir Ezzor, once under Obama and once under Trump, for example, have been mowed down by US forces. In fact, Trump recently said “we’re going to keep the oil” (in Syria). And to add insult to injury, the Syrian people are denied access to oil and gas imports. Russia has done a heroic job of by-passing this embargo, preventing a cataclysmic humanitarian crisis, but the West is committing a crime against humanity with these sanctions and embargo.
3--Return Syrian oil to its rightful owner, the Syrian people.
4--Send Turkey the unmistakable message that Syria is for the Syrians, and if the Turks want to enter, they need permission of the Syrian government. In reality, the US-aligned Turks are working with terrorist groups to seize more and more land in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Further, in the past, Turkey coordinated its efforts with terrorists to destroy the city of Aleppo – one of the biggest industrial cities in the Middle East, and steal its industrial equipment (see the above video, choose YouTube option). The US and EU did nothing to halt this criminal activity. Fortunately, Russia has greatly aided Syria in retaking the city, which is now rebuilding its industry, thanks to Russian and Chinese aid.
This report tells why the West has always worked hand in hand with Erdoğan’s Turkey to bring chaos to Syria. This video shows how Turkey helped terrorists destroy and dismantle Aleppo’s industry.
5--Recognize and respect the sovereignty of Syrian land and the Syrians. This means stop pretending the US and its coalition of thieves and pirates have property rights in Syria. No matter what the Western press and politicians say, it is an illegal occupation.
To give you an idea of how far the EU and the rest of Europe are from a rational approach to Turkey and Syria, here is an excerpt from a report from Deutsche Welle:
“The EU has signalled its willingness to invest several billion euros more over the coming years, and Merkel said Germany would also be willing to help build refugee housing in Turkish-controlled areas within Syria.”
In other words, Germany is acknowledging Turkish rights in Syria that do not exist. There should be no Turkish-controlled areas there unless Syria has allowed this, but such is not the case. Thus, all US-allies in Syria are outlaws.
Showcasing the hypocrisy of the West, European donors have said they are willing to help rebuild Syria but only after a “political settlement” is reached. The term “political settlement” is code for Assad’s ouster.
All of this is superfluous blather, however, because Assad has vowed never to accept a penny of aid from any country that has aided in invading and occupying Syria. That leaves the entire West out. Assad has said that friendly countries like Russia, China and Iran will have priority in the rebuilding of Syria.