Turkey agrees to slow migrant traffic…for cash, visas and EU nod

Regarding the deal struck on Sunday the Turkish prime minister called it a “new beginning” for the uneasy neighbors

Greece's PM Tsipras, Turkish PM Davutoglu and German Chancellor Merkel talk to French President Hollande during an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey promised to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the EU in a deal struck on Sunday that the Turkish prime minister called a “new beginning” for the uneasy neighbors.

Leaders of the European Union met Turkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels on Sunday to finalize an agreement hammered out by diplomats over the past month, as Europeans struggle to limit the strain on their 28-nation bloc from taking in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

A key element is 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) in EU aid for the 2.2 million Syrians now in Turkey. The money is intended to raise their living standards and so persuade more of them to stay put rather than attempt perilous crossings to the EU via the Greek islands.

http://news.yahoo.com/eu-hopes-turkish-help-slow-migrants-summit-000950422.html#


 

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