European leaders offer Turkey ‘action plan’ on migration crisis

EU leaders said to consider offering Ankara £2.2bn plus quicker visa-free travel for its citizens and resumed negotiations on EU membership

Europe launched a push late on Thursday at the fourth EU summit this year on the refugee crisis to obtain Turkey’s co-operation in stemming the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants, while also agreeing a package of repressive measures aimed at securing the union’s porous external border and curbing new arrivals.

Gathering in Brussels, European leaders also endorsed a push to get Turkey to control the flow of Syrians and others before they can reach Europe
Turkey deserves credit for hosting refugees but the European Union’s ‘action plan’ is more political theatre than anything else
Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu has discredited any argument suggesting war-torn Syria could regain stability under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying anyone defending such an argument was “in a dream,”

Faced with a refugee crisis they seem unable to control, EU leaders last night (15 October) tried to accommodate ambitious demands by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, just two weeks before crucial elections in Turkey.

European Union leaders will on Oct. 15 try to thrash out solutions to the continent’s spiralling migrant crisis and step up a diplomatic offensive aimed at winning Turkey’s help in stemming the flow of Syrian refugees.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Oct. 15 Europe had no chance of overcoming its biggest refugee crisis without cooperation with Turkey and called for a crackdown on human smuggling off its coast
In strongly-worded remarks, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu has recommended Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD) watch their step, making clear that any move aimed at Turkey would not remain unreciprocated.
European Council President Donald Tusk’s warning to Turkey that it will only win concessions from the EU, such as fast-tracked travel visas, if it successfully reduces the flow of refugees reaching Europe has drawn reaction from the European Parliament.
The implementation of readmission and visa liberalization agreements will be executed in a simultaneous way, the Turkish prime minister has stated, offering the European Union to set the execution date for mid-2016 instead of the end of 2017
Turkey will not hand over 66,000 babies born in refugee camps to tyrants, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said at the Global Forum on Migration and Development, referring to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

EU courts Turkey on migration crisis ahead of summit

European Council President Donald Tusk told Turkey yesterday (13 October) that it could win concessions from the EU, such as visa-free travel, if it successfully reduces the flow of refugees reaching Europe.

EU presses Turkey over migration deal

A delegation of EU commissioners heads to Turkey in a last-ditch bid to reach a draft agreement over how to tackle the migration crisis.
Turkey used to be a model state. So what went wrong? | Natalie Nougayrède

The causes of its problems are mainly external. The nation should be helped with the massive numbers of refugees arriving, not shunned or stigmatised
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has expressed concern about recent negative developments affecting the right to freedom of expression in Turkey, citing the recent ban on reporting about the investigation into the Oct. 10 suicide bombing in Ankara
Turkey has warned the United States and Russia it will not tolerate Kurdish territorial gains by Kurdish militia close to its frontiers in north-western Syria, two senior officials said.

UNHCR chief questions EU refugee strategy with Turkey

ATHENS (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency chief questioned on Monday the European Union’s strategy of building more camps inTurkey to stem the flow of refugees into Europe, saying it would be more effective if host countries allowed refugees to work.

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