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EU-Turkey deal 'sends clear message to migrants'

Published 18/03/2016 | 00:31

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP)
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP)
Donald Tusk put Europe's terms for an agreement to Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a deal between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow of people to Greece will hit smugglers hard and send a "clear message" to dissuade would-be migrants to Europe.

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The deal calls for Turkey to take back people who make the crossing illegally starting on Sunday.

Ms Merkel said that means that "anyone who sets out on this dangerous route not only risks his life but also has no prospect of success".

She said European leaders "hope that, with this, irregular migration will end in a short time".

Ms Merkel said of the deal: "The upshot of today is that Europe will manage to survive this difficult test, with all 28 (EU) members and together with Turkey."

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