Refugee Deal at Risk Europe Takes a Soft Approach on Erdogan

Despite the Turkish President's crackdown on opponents in the wake of the failed coup attempt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for strong continued ties to the country. It may be the only way to preserve the EU's crucial refugee deal. By SPIEGEL Staff.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Increased patrols by the Turkish coast guard has ensured a dramatic reduction in the number of refugees making their way to European shores.

Increased patrols by the Turkish coast guard has ensured a dramatic reduction in the number of refugees making their way to European shores.

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