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.
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 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.
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.