The refugee deal prevents millions of Syrians from continuing on to Europe. They are stuck in Turkey. Tensions are increasing there, and there are attacks on the refugees, who have bad living conditions.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Donald Trump at the White House at a time of historic differences between the two NATO allies. Photo-ops and pomp won't fix a host of issues that have damaged relations.
Despite facing EU censure over Turkey's Syria offensive, Erdogan has landed support from Hungary. During a visit, Erdogan repeated his threat to let refugees come to Europe and was hailed as a security partner by Orban.
While Turkey moves forward with resettling Syrian refugees in its militarily-established 'safe zone' — a process it insists is voluntary —Germany is eyeing other options for an international solution to stabilize Syria.
EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said the bloc should wind down its humanitarian payments to Turkey for looking after Syrian refugees. Instead, he said more money should be provided to Jordan and Lebanon.
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