BERLIN – Merkel and Macron to travel to Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are set to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul on Tuesday (17 March) to reach an agreement on the on-going refugee dispute, which began when the Turkish president opened his country’s border to Greece on 29 February.

While the Turkish president has demanded an update to the 2016 EU-Turkey deal in light of the current situation in Syria, he has also criticised the fact that the funding allotted to his government under the 2016 agreement has yet to be paid in full. 

Chancellor Merkel said on Monday (9 March) she was in favour of “taking the EU-Turkey agreement to a new level”, which would “order, control and reduce flight and migration.” An updated agreement is expected to be reached by the next EU Council meeting on 26 March. (Sarah Lawton |

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