EU-Turkey: “Groundhog day” will continue

Turkey and the EU were unable to finalise a groundbreaking deal to systematically turn back all migrants reaching Greek islands in exchange for a host of sweeteners for Ankara, including an extra €3bn in funding and access to European visas. (Financial Times)

Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s prime minister, tweeted: “President of (European Council president Tusk) will take forward the proposals and work out the details with the Turkish Side before the (summit of 17-18) March”

Turkey is currently sheltering more than 2.7 million refugees from the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The EU wants Turkey to take back migrants who do not qualify for asylum and do more to patrol its own waters. In exchange, the Turkish government is reportedly asking for a doubling of EU aid aimed at helping Turkey deal with the crisis, to €6bn ($6.6bn; £4.64bn). (BBC)

The next summit will now take place on March 17-18, with the pressure on Europe to reach a deal that will stem a crisis that has seen more than a million refugees and migrants flood its shores since it began more than a year ago. (AFP)