19 Aug 2016
Turkey became a crucial partner for the European Union over the past year as they fought to control the continent’s biggest refugee influx since World War II. But European leaders have become increasingly uncomfortable with what they see as authoritarian tactics of the Turkish government, particularly since last month’s bungled military coup.
There’s a crunch point looming in October, when the EU has to decide whether to allow Turkish citizens visa-free travel under the refugee deal they reached in March. Without visa liberalization, Turkey has said it will walk away from its promise to halt the flood of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea to Greece.
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