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Turkey Hesitant Over EU Action Plan For Migrant Crisis

As the EU announces a proposed action plan with Turkey on the migrant crisis, Turkey remains aloof and denies that they have yet agreed anything.
The announcement comes after the fourth EU summit on the refugee crisis, which took place on Thursday. It was revealed that the proposed plan, agreed by EU officials, would oblige Turkey to stem the flow of migrants through its borders into the EU in exchange for visa liberalisation for its citizens visiting Europe, and a promise to ‘re-energise’ talks about Turkey’s admission to the European Union.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said that Turkey would be given around $3 billion (£2.2 billion) in aid as part of the deal. Turkey’s foreign minister, Feridun Sinirloglu, said however that the plan was not yet agreed, and that the financial measures offered by the EU were currently ‘unacceptable’.
Merkel had already touched on this, suggesting that given that Turkey had already spent in the region of $7 billion on efforts to deal with the migrant crisis so far, the compensation was adequate. She also emphasised the need to work with Turkey in order to ‘organise or stem the refugee movements’. The proposed deal comes ahead of Merkel’s visit to Istanbul for talks on the crisis over the weekend.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has previously criticised Europe’s stance on the flow of refugees, saying ‘They announce they’ll take in 30,000 to 40,000 refugees and then they are nominated for the Nobel for that. We are hosting two and a half million refugees but nobody cares’.
So far, almost 600,000 migrants have entered Europe, a large faction coming through Turkish borders.
Hungary announced this week that it would close its border with Croatia at midnight on Friday, following the closure of its border with Slovenia last month. Croatia announced that they would continue to direct migrants to the Hungarian border until its closure, when it would move the channel of refugees towards the Slovenian border.
Slovenian interior minister Vesna Gjorkos Znidar said that they would continue to accept refugees provided Austria and Germany in turn kept their borders open.

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