Turkey's 'leadership' brings new offer to EU Meeting 'That they can't refuse' . (FT).
Ahead of crunch summit between EU leaders and the Turkish prime minister on Monday, Ankara has called for an increase on the €3bn in aid previously promised by the EU, faster access to Schengen visas for Turkish citizens and accelerated progress in its EU membership bid, write Alex Barker and Duncan Robinson in Brussels.
Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the proposed deal demonstrated “how indispensable the EU is for Turkey and Turkey for the EU”. Speaking before the meeting, Mr Davutoğlu added: “The whole future of Europe is on the table.”
- Turkey is now expected to call for increase on the €3bn in aid which was agreed by the EU. Even that sum is a sticking point, the money was promised but has not yet been delivered, and new aid projects will be part of the discussion.
- Turkey will push for further progress on Turkey’s EU bid, mentioned by Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu as he arrived, mentioning to reporters “how indispensable the EU is for Turkey and Turkey for the EU”.
- EU leaders are likely to say the country has many conditions it must meet for its EU bid to progress. German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Sunday that Berlin had major doubts about whether Turkey should become a member of the EU.
- Davutoglu is also expected to raise the access to Schengen visas for Turkish citizens.
- Those demands are in return for allowing the return of non-Syrian migrants to Turkey, if they attempt to cross to Europe.
- But the new Turkish demands are causing headaches for diplomats, with one comparing the haggling to a “Turkish bazaar” according to the FT.