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Merkel, EU officials due in Turkey to promote EU-Turkey pact on refugees

Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:57
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Merkel, EU officials due in Turkey to promote deal – YouTube


On the high-stakes trip, Merkel will be accompanied by the European Council President, Donald Tusk, and the EU Commission Vice President, Frans Timmermans. They are expected to visit a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, where they will meet Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu. The visit comes as the EU-Turkey pact on refugees is plagued by a flurry of moral and legal concerns. Turkish officials have also warned the deal could collapse if demands for visa-free EU travel for its citizens are not met. Meanwhile, a right-wing and Euro-skeptic political party known as the Alternative for Germany has held a rally to denounce Merkel’s trip.

The right-wing protesters waving German flags and anti-government banners gathered in the city of Dusseldorf. They were addressed by party members who accused Merkel of turning the country into a Turkish colony. The rally was confronted by counter-protesters who held a sit-in in an attempt to block the demonstration’s route.


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