Turkey Gives EU The Cold Shoulder On Refugee Plan
EU officials are working on a deal to help Turkey shoulder more of the refugees coming to Europe — but the country's prime minister isn't happy.By Matt Picht | October 16, 2015
Western nations have often criticized Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his heavy-handed, authoritarian rule. But now that Turkey's on the front lines of the refugee crisis, Europe needs Erdogan's help.
EU officials are hammering out an agreement to help decrease the number of refugee crossing into Europe from Turkey. The EU wants Turkey to increase its border security and to make travel to Europe less appealing by improving conditions for the refugees who aren't sheltered in camps. (Video via NBC)
In exchange, Europe is considering giving Turkey $3.4 million in relief, visa-free travel for Turkish citizens inside the EU, and a chance to revitalize the country's long-stalled bid to join the EU.