Migrant Deal Off If No Visa-Free Travel, Turkey Warns EU
- Turkey’s PM has warned that the deal made with the EU to reduce migrant flows will be called off if Turkey’s citizens are not granted visa-free travel to most of the bloc.
- EU leaders are insisting that Turkey meet 72 conditions before the visa exemption is approved, including narrowing its definition of terror to stop prosecuting academics and journalists for “terror propaganda”.
- In the coming days, there will be expert-level talks between Turkey and the EU followed by a possible leaders summit involving Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials. A decision will be made by early July.
(With inputs from PTI)