Erdogan's Big Prize Europe At Odds over Visa Freedom for Turks

Brussels is likely to open the door for visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens, even if Ankara doesn't fulfill all the conditions imposed. Many in Europe are concerned that it could trigger a wave of new refugees from Turkey itself. By SPIEGEL Staff
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) during a visit together with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to the refugee camp in Nizip near the Syrian border.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) during a visit together with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to the refugee camp in Nizip near the Syrian border.

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A Syrian refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey: Is Europe's reliance on the Turkish government too deep for its own good?

A Syrian refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey: Is Europe's reliance on the Turkish government too deep for its own good?

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