Last week's failed military coup in Turkey has unleashed turmoil in the country, and the resulting tensions between it and its European neighbors could exacerbate Europe's festering migrant crisis.
Across the 28 member countries of the European Union, there are quiet concerns that should Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue his massive political purge and reinstitute the death penalty, it could have grave consequences for EU-Turkey relations, particularly in the area of migrant control.
A highly sensitive arrangement struck earlier this year between Ankara and the EU that slows the flow of migration from war-torn Syria and Iraq, which last year sent more than a million refugees to the continent. In return, Turkey was granted a range of financial and political incentives.
Greek Minister of Migration Policy Ioannis Mouzalas told CNBC this week that "we are deeply worried about the developments in our neighboring country. Anything that disturbs the Europe-Turkey agreement on refugees may increase the migration flows. We hope that this agreement will be respected," he said.
That pact has proven quite effective in reducing the flood of refugees to Europe. For the first six months of 2016, there were 360,000 illegal entries in the EU, higher than last year, but at a slower pace than before the compact was signed. The EU-Turkey deal, helped by the closure of a key border crossing between Greece and Macedonia, was the impetus behind the declining figures.