TURKEY’S HOPE’ FOR EU FREE VISA GOING SLIM

TURKEY’S HOPE’ FOR EU FREE VISA GOING SLIM

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epa05053105 Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkir attends a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 03 December 2015. Turkish European Union accession negotiations began a decade ago, but progress has been slow, mostly due to Franco-German opposition and tensions with Cyprus. Ankara has also come under increased criticism in recent years for its democratic and human rights record. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

Turkey’s hope’ for EU free visa going slim

– Turkish minister for European affairs has revealed on Wednesday that his hope of striking the long awaited EU free visa deal for turkey refugees is looking really slim by the day.

TURKEY'S HOPE' FOR EU FREE VISA GOING SLIM
Mr Bozkir in the middle

Turkish minister for European affairs has revealed on Wednesday that his hope of striking the long awaited EU free visa deal for turkey refugees is looking really slim by the day.
Mr Bozkir while speaking with British Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday midnight has expressed his fear over it is gradually seeming impossible to have the European Union Free Visa for its refugee citizens.
On Wednesday, Mr Bozkir told the BBC that his hopes of getting visa-free travel for Turkish nationals were “getting less and less”.
He admitted that the negotiations had reached a crucial phase, stressing that Turkey had already done enough.

TURKEY’S HOPE’ FOR EU FREE VISA GOING SLIM
Mr Bozkir comments came after a day of meetings with senior members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.


Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the EU that Ankara would not change its anti-terror laws.
“We’ll go our way, you go yours,” he said.


The EU and rights groups have accused Ankara of using its broad anti-terror legislation to intimidate journalists and stifle dissent. Ankara rejects this, saying it needs the laws to fight militant groups.

However,Turkey has threatened to stop taking back migrants from Greece if the EU fails to deliver on visa liberalization. The visa-free deal is supposed to be in place by the end of June, but that timetable looks increasingly unlikely.
The European Commission earlier this month said it was satisfied that the majority of the 72 conditions had been fulfilled by Turkey.
The deal was offered in return for Turkey taking back migrants who crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece.
Turkey, the EU is to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.

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TURKEY’S HOPE’ FOR EU FREE VISA GOING