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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, November 30, 2015

Exodus to Europe: EU buying its way out of solidarity

The EU and Turkey agreed at a special summit on the weekend to cooperate with each other in tackling the refugee crisis. Turkey has undertaken among other things to tighten its border security. In return the EU has pledged to revive the EU membership negotiations and abolish the visa requirement for Turkish citizens in autumn next year. The agreement has a bitter aftertaste, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger observes: "This deal between the EU and Turkey essentially makes sense. … But it remains vague on one important point, namely the question of how many asylum seekers the EU member states can take in directly from the Turkish refugee camps if the leadership in Ankara sticks to its part of the agreement and seals its borders. By providing concrete numbers here the Europeans could have avoided giving the unpleasant impression that they are buying their way out of solidarity and out of taking in more refugees."

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