Turkey ‘needs to fulfil deal’ to gain visa-free EU travel

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Source: BBC

A deal to allow Turks visa-free travel within Europe will collapse if Turkey does not fulfil its commitments, the European Commission president has said.

Jean-Claude Juncker said changes to Turkey‘s laws on terrorism were one of a number of conditions that needed to be met for visa liberalisation.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to do so, and has now accused the EU of “hypocrisy”.

The visa issue is part of a deal aimed at easing Europe’s migration crisis.

“We consider that it is important for these conditions to be fulfilled. Otherwise, this deal between the EU and Turkey will not happen,” Mr Juncker said.

“If Mr Erdogan decides to deny Turks the right to free travel to Europe, then he must explain this to the Turkish people. It will not be my problem, it will be his problem”, he also said.

 

In a fierce speech, Mr Erdogan reacted angrily to the European demands, saying: “Since when are you running this country? Who has given you the authority?

“They believe they have a right for themselves (to fight terror) but find it a luxury and unacceptable for us. Let me say it clearly – this is called hypocrisy.”

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