Draft of summit conclusions says EU ready to double aid to €6bn, as leaders discuss plan to resettle one Syrian refugee in Europe for every Syrian returned to Turkey from Greek islands
A proposal to exchange Syrian refugees has been debated at an emergency EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, as Ankara demanded an extra €3bn to help manage Europe’s migration crisis.
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan criticises the European Union for its handling of the migrant and refugee crisis on Monday. The Turkish head of state said he hoped Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu would return from the meeting in Brussels with three billion euros in aid, promised to Turkey to tackle the refugee emergency
We have been teaching a university short course on “life stories” in the Calais “Jungle”. We have not found the “economic migrants” of whom French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve speaks. Students have had traumatic experiences far exceeding those defining a “refugee”. Fluent and educated in English, they want to use those skills. Many have relatives in the UK; some are minors. A number worked for UK or US forces and were consequently attacked.
The proposal that Europe will resettle every Syrian Turkey allows in from Greece is morally and legally complex
One in, one out. That was the unexpected compromise occupying EU and Turkish leaders in Brussels as they sought a means of managing Europe’s refugee crisis.
The sight of Europe’s leaders kowtowing to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was sickening
It is waging war on an ethnic minority, its riot police just stormed the offices of a major newspaper, its secret service faces allegations of arming Isis, its military shot down a Russian bomber – and yet Turkey wants to join the European Union. The country’s swift descent into despotism poses yet another existential problem for the west.
European Parliament president Martin Schulz speaks at a news conference in Brussels on Monday following his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Schulz pointed out that the migration and refugee crisis should not be linked to matters related to access negotiations between Turkey and the European Union. Turkey made an application to join the EU in 1987 but its progress has been met with conflict within the body
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