EU, Turkey driving hard bargain before migration summit
Under pressure at home over an open-door refugee policy that could see a million new arrivals in Germany by the end of the year, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament on Wednesday that it is in Berlin’s interest for Ankara to accommodate the refugees before they make the journey by boat to the shores of Greece.
She explained that “cooperation with Turkey is required” in order to secure the European Union’s external border.
But that won’t come cheap.
Ahead of Sunday’s crucial EU migration summit, diplomats in the bloc say that Ankara is now demanding 3 billion euros a year in aid for the 2.3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The EU has also said it will ‘re-energise’ talks on Turkey joining the bloc and ease visas for Turks visiting Europe.
EURONEWS / 28/11 / 2015 / http://www.euronews.com/2015/11/28/another-border-fence-in-europe-ahead-of-crucial-migration-summit/