EU, Turkey approve migration deal

The European Union and Turkey have reached a landmark deal to ease the EU’s ongoing refugee crisis. The accord is reportedly still to be approved by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

After lengthy negotiations a day earlier, EU leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reportedly agreed a deal in Brussels on Friday which looks to ease the Union’s refugee crisis.

Finnish Premier Juha Sipila wrote on Twitter: “The Turkey deal was approved.”

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka also confirmed the “landmark deal.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an EU source told DPA news agency that the deal would see migrants being returned from Greece to Turkey as of Sunday.


(Photo, from left: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, European Council President Donald Tusk and Mark Rutte, Dutch prime minister. EC Audiovisual Service)