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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Merkel says EU needs Turkey-style agreement with Egypt, Tunisia

THE EU NEEDS to “establish migrant [agreements] with Egypt and Tunisia” along the lines of the agreement it already has with Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. According to Reuters, she added that “more must be spent on development aid to deal with the root causes of migration.” The EU’s agreement with Turkey stipulates that it stems the “flow of illegal migrants to Europe in exchange for financial aid and the promise of visa-free travel.” Austria’s Chancellor, Christian Kern, suggested a similar agreement last week whereby “the EU provides funds to Cairo to stem the flow of migrants northward.” Merkel’s statement comes after nearly 170 people lost their lives when a migrant ship originating from Egypt capsized last Wednesday.

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