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Merkel says EU-Turkey deal offers 'real chance' to end migrant crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel told German lawmakers that Turkey needs to fulfil EU conditions in order to secure its key demandsGermany’s Angela Merkel said Wednesday a planned EU-Turkey deal offers the first “real chance” to end the migrant crisis but cautioned that the bloc won’t seek agreement at any cost. Speaking on the eve of a crucial Brussels summit, Merkel made clear the EU would stand firm on civil rights in Turkey and that Ankara’s bid to eventually join the 28-nation club is “not on the agenda now”. Europe, divided and desperate to end its biggest refugee influx since World War II, is pinning its hopes on a deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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