Sunday 25 September 2016

Turkey asks for extra €3bn to deal with refugee crisis

Published 07/03/2016 | 16:51

European Council President Donald Tusk, front right, shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the EU summit in Brussels (AP)
European Council President Donald Tusk, front right, shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the EU summit in Brussels (AP)

The head of the European Parliament says Turkey has asked for an additional 3 billion euro (£2.3 billion) from the European Union to help it deal with the refugee crisis.

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Diplomats also said that EU leaders are faced with additional Turkish requests to speed up visa liberalisation and better conditions for membership talks.

And they said Turkey was also looking for a deal under which it would be able to send refugees to Europe for people it takes back from Greece.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that a "further request of the Turkish side for additional money - 3 billion euro - are in the debate, are in the discussion".

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