German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a two-day trip to Turkey. Ahead of the visit Merkel gave her backing to opening a new chapter of talks in Turkey’s bid for EU membership – an offer welcomed by Turkish leaders.
Turkey's President Erdogan has told the EU that without a visa waiver for Turkish travelers there will be no deal over migrants. Talks are ongoing with a new Turkish EU affairs minister.
Angela Merkel will hold fast to the refugee deal made with Turkey no matter what Ankara's requests may bring; she simply has no alternative, writes to Jens Thurau.
German Chancellor Merkel has said the migrant deal agreed by the European Union and Turkey will go ahead as planned. Her comments come in response to threats by Ankara to nix the agreement over a visa-free travel row.
An EU plan that would extend visa-free travel privileges to Turkey as of July 1 will be delayed over worries Ankara won't meet the key conditions on time. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in no mood to budge.
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