EU, Istanbul Agree to Joint Refugee Plan
Turkey just inched closer to Europe. In Brussels yesterday, European leaders made a draft of an action plan to help Turkish authorities stem the flow of refugees to the Continent. Financial details are still being negotiated in an arrangement meant to help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government manage 2 million refugees — but the EU offered far less than Turkey’s requested $3.4 billion, and Erdogan stressed that the deal wasn’t finalized. Still, the European Council president expressed “cautious optimism” over the deal, which may see the bloc “re-energize” talk about Turkey joining the EU.