Merkel: EU-Turkey deal to lead to refugee quotas
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing increasing opposition in the EU for her policies on migration. (AFP/File)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the closing of the migrant route through the Balkans has created a challenging situation for Greece and it should concern all of Europe.
Addressing the Bundestag ahead of an EU summit with Turkey on Thursday, Merkel warned that nobody should be deceived by the slower influx of migrants to Germany because of border closures.
Merkel said that Turkey has asked for accelerated talks on visa-free travel to the EU for its citizens, and that an open dialogue with Turkey would be a good opportunity to talk about other issues, such as freedom of the press and the Kurdish population in the east of Turkey.
She said a EU-Turkey deal would be followed by an agreement by EU states to accept quotas of refugees.
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