Turkey Presses for EU Concessions as Price for Refugee Halt

March 17, 2016 8:53 AM

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Turkey Presses for EU Concessions as Price for Refugee Halt

Turkey wants three things in return for stopping the transit of refugees from the Middle East to the European Union: money, a quicker path toward joining the EU, and the no-questions-asked right of Turks to travel to Europe.

The first is no problem, the second a bit trickier. The hardest to deliver, for a 28-nation bloc beset by fears of terrorism and anti-foreigner demagoguery, is visa-free entry for 78 million Turks as of July. EU leaders meet Thursday to hash out an offer.

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