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Give Us EU Visa Freedom in Oct. or Abandon Migrant Deal: Turkey

BERLIN, Aug 15 – The European Union should grant Turks visa-free travel in October or the migrant deal that involves Turkey stemming the flow of illegal migrants to the bloc should be put aside, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a German newspaper. Asked whether hundreds of thousands of refugees in Turkey would head to Europe

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Germany’s Merkel Tells Erdogan Turkey Needs Strong Parliament

ISTANBUL, May 23 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she had told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that his country needed a strong parliament and voiced concern over the Turkish parliament’s decision to strip lawmakers of immunity. The move by the parliament, in a final vote last Friday, is likely to sideline the pro-Kurdish

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Turkey Says it Has Met EU Visa Deal Criteria, Delay Unacceptable

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, May 12 – Turkey has fulfilled the required criteria for visa-free travel to Europe, Ankara’s minister for EU affairs said on Thursday, adding that postponing the deal unfairly was unacceptable – comments which could threaten a wider agreement on migrants. The minister, Volkan Bozkir, said Turkey would not change its counter-terrorism

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Turkey Refuses to Change Terrorism Law in Stand-Off with EU

ANKARA, May 11 – Turkey refused on Wednesday to make changes to its anti-terrorism laws demanded by Brussels, hardening Ankara’s position in a stand-off with the bloc over dealing with militants, migrants and travel. EU officials and rights groups have accused Turkey of using the broad anti-terror legislation to crush all dissent – though Ankara

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EU Set to Drive Forward Visas for Turks in Migrant Deal

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS, May 1 – Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive forward a plan to grant Turks visa-free travel to Europe as a reward for having reduced a flood of refugees and migrants into Europe to a trickle. The European Commission is set to declare

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Migrants Trickle Back to Turkey from Greece Under EU Deal

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, April 26 – Two ferries left Greece for Turkey on Tuesday with 18 migrants on board, as a government spokesman said Athens was doing all it could to process returnees under a deal with Turkey intended to stem a huge refugee influx into Europe. Just over 340 people have so far

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France Says Syrian Refugee Intake Insufficient, Vows to Double Efforts

PARIS, April 5 – France acknowledged on Tuesday that its intake of Syrian refugees had been slow and insufficient, but vowed to double efforts to meet commitments in light of a deal agreed between the European Union and Turkey. Under a pact criticised by refugee agencies and human rights campaigners, Ankara will take back all

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Turkey to Readmit More Migrants from Greece as EU Deal Faces Protests

By Orhan Coskun and Karolina Tagaris ANKARA/LESBOS, Turkey, April 5 – Turkey is ready to take another 200 migrants deported from the Greek islands on Wednesday, a senior government official said, as it presses ahead with a disputed EU deal aimed at shutting down the main route for illegal migration into Europe. A first group

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Amnesty Says Turkey Illegally Sending Syrians Back to War Zone

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 1 – Turkey has illegally returned thousands of Syrians to their war-torn homeland in recent months, highlighting the dangers for migrants sent back from Europe under a deal due to come into effect next week, Amnesty International said on Friday. Turkey agreed with the EU this month

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EU-Turkey Migrant Scheme Could Start Sunday: EU officials

By Francesco Guarascio and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 18 – A plan to return all irregular migrants arriving on Greek islands back to Turkey could take effect on Sunday if EU leaders strike a deal on Friday with the Turkish prime minister, senior EU officials said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned overnight that any delay

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